The Global Piracy and Counterfeiting Consultants (GP-CC) offered its assistance to the U.S. Postal Service to stop delivery of Chinese counterfeit pharmaceutical products through U.S. mail. The group also urged U.S. consumers to be wary of purchasing pharmaceutical items online.
“We are not talking about rocket science for the US Postal Service; if they need help, we will train their inspectors so they know what to look for, and how to send it back to China. Why would the US Postal Service want to support Chinese organized crime, or Chinese counterfeiters? We are also talking about a multi-billion dollar a year industry that has a negative impact on U.S. consumers, major drug companies, and their shareholder's,” said the Piracy and Counterfeiting Consultants.
GP-CC gave several recommendations for U.S. pharmaceutical companies including:
In addition, GP-CC warned against online purchasing of any kind of pharmaceutical product unless it is possible to verify that the company is based in the U.S. and has references. The group singled out suspicious Internet Canadian pharmacies in particular. “Many of the quote Canadian online pharmacies we are aware of are actually fronts for Eastern European crime syndicates acting as the middleman marketing organization for Chinese counterfeiters. Do you really want to give a representative of Eastern European organized crime your credit card number, or your checking account number with its routing number? We are praying the answer is no,” the group stated in its press release.
The group called the Chinese counterfeit drug delivery as a “very, very fixable problem” that does not require an act of congress. GP-CC also warned against the possibility of the involvement of radical Islamic groups in the lucrative counterfeit drug business.