Counterfeit drugs intercepted by French customs doubled in 2014

2014 was a record year in terms of seizures to the French customs. Among the 8.8 million counterfeit items intercepted (an 15.4% increase), there were 2,580,793 counterfeit drugs, twice more than in 2013 (1,354 million).

In February 2014, 2.4 million counterfeit drugs were intercepted during a record seizure in Le Havre (Northwest of France). These fake drugs were hidden in two containers coming from China.

In 2013, counterfeit drugs accounted for 17.8% of all seizures of the year; while in 2014, 29.3% of the year’s seizures are fake medicines, or 1/3 of articles.


Read the news published on April 16, 2014, on the seizure in Le Havre (France).

Read the full report of the French customs for 2014 (in French).

Credit: French customs.

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