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The number of arrests made by the police is often viewed as a key measure of law enforcement's productivity and effectiveness in addressing crime. However, law enforcement practices and reporting of arrests can differ significantly from country to country. In addition to identifying law enforcement's involvement in a particular incident, PSI has been collecting information concerning arrests as one indicator of a governments' commitment to addressing pharmaceutical. A small number of arrests may indicate that the government has not assigned a high priority to enforcement.

Through member and open source reports, PSI found:

  • 1,258 persons were arrested for counterfeiting, illegally diverting or stealing pharmaceuticals
  • The number of arrests fell nine percent (-9%) from the global arrests in CY 2015
  • On a percentage basis, the largest number of arrests were in the Asia Pacific region.

Considering the type of activity the arrested person was engaged in, we found:

  • Arrests fell across all categories - fewer criminals who were manufacturing, distributing, transporting or selling illegal medicines were arrested last year
  • Manufacturing arrests fell from 456 to 212
  • Distribution arrests fell from 433 to 207