PSI has collected data on counterfeiting, illegal diversion and theft incidents for twelve consecutive years. The yearly totals for the last five years are shown on the adjacent bar chart.
The Institute documented 2,193 incidents of pharmaceutical crime during CY 2013. This represented an 8.7% increase over CY 2012. After moving in a narrow range over the past five years, the increase of 175 is viewed as significant.
To better understand the magnitude of the counterfeiting incidents in CY 2013, PSI continued to tracked the quantity of drugs seized in each law enforcement action. Any incident which involved the seizure of more than 1,000 dosage units was classified as a commercial incident. Those incidents involving less than 1,000 dosage units were classified as non-commercial.
In CY 2013, 1,156 counterfeiting incidents involved either customs seizures or police/health inspector raids. As the adjacent pie-chart shows, forty-six percent (46%) of counterfeit medicines seizures made by law enforcement were of "commercial" size. This represented a six percent increase over CY 2012 "commercial" size seizure totals.