From Euronews, a longer version of a video I had previously blogged about. Counterfeit medicine is often made from nothing more complex than brick or cement dust, but the markups and profit margins are incredible. Given the disparity between penalties for narcotics and counterfeit drugs, many criminals are turning towards counterfeiting medicines as a means to make large profits with relatively little risk. For sick patients relying on the medication for survival, the risks are of course much larger.
The money quote is from Mick Deats from the UK Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency, who says, "This is high profit, low risk, and we have to change the risk balance so that this becomes too risky to operate."