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 2,177 incidents of pharmaceutical crime during CY 2014. This represented a slight decline from CY 2013. As the chart to the right shows, the total number of pharmaceutical crime incidents has moved in a narrow range over the last five years.
To better understand the magnitude of the counterfeiting incidents in CY 2014, 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 2014, 727 counterfeiting incidents involved either customs seizures or police/health inspector raids. As the adjacent pie-chart shows, fifty-three percent (53%) of counterfeit medicines seizures made by law enforcement were of "commercial" size. This represented a seven percent increase over CY 2013 "commercial" size seizure totals.