Incident Trends

PSI has collected data on counterfeiting, illegal diversion and theft incidents for seventeen consecutive years. The yearly totals for the last five years are shown on the adjacent bar chart.

The chart shows:

  • 4,405 pharmaceutical crime incidents in CY 2018

  • Incidents increased by twenty-five percent (+25%) from CY 2017

  • Incidents were at an all-time high

  • Over the past five years, incidents increased by 102%

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:

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

  • Seizures increased by sixty-three percent (+63%) over the prior year

  • Commercial seizures represented forty-nine percent (49%) of the total

  • Thirty-seven percent (37%) of the seizures were non-commercial






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