Prescription Drugs

Incident Trends

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PSI has collected data on counterfeiting, illegal diversion and theft incidents for nineteen consecutive years. The yearly totals for the last five years are shown on the line graph below.

The graph shows:

  • 4,344 pharmaceutical crime incidents in CY 2020

  • Incidents decreased by fifteen percent (-15%) from CY 2019, the first annual decline in the past ten years

  • The decrease in new incidents can be attributed to the impact of the global pandemic

To gauge the magnitude of these counterfeiting incidents, PSI continued to track the quantity of drugs seized. Incidents involving the seizure of more than 1,000 dosage units were classified as a commercial incident; incidents involving less than 1,000 dosage units were classified as non-commercial.

The Institute found:

  • 276 counterfeiting incidents involved either customs seizures or police/health inspector raids

  • Seizures decreased by twenty-two percent (-22%) over the prior year

  • Commercial seizures represented fifty-five percent (55%) of the total

  • Twenty-two percent (22%) of the seizures were non-commercial


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