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Prescription Drugs

Therapeutic Categories

An analysis of the 5,987 incidents occurring in CY 2021 disclosed:


  • Pharmaceuticals in every therapeutic category were targeted by criminals


  • 3,160 different medicines were involved in these incidents


  • This represented a twenty-nine percent increase (+29%) over CY 2020


  • As many as 129 different medicines were discovered in a single incident


The categories most frequently targeted by individuals engaged in pharmaceutical counterfeiting were genito-urinary, central nervous system (CNS), and anti-infectives.

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