Counterfeit drug trade goes on unabated

Purveyors of fake medicine must be held to account

Published : 18 Jun 2022 07:51 PM

It is alarming to note that some 79 ayurvedic factories are allegedly manufacturing various sophisticated and life saving copies of the country’s bestselling medicines. Organised counterfeiting gangs in different places of the country including capital Dhaka are involved in such heinous activities, intelligence agency says. 

After manufacturing, the gangsters of organised syndicate transport the counterfeit medicines to different districts. They usually send these fake medicines to the pharmacies situated in remote villages across the country through courier services. The rural medicine shop owners buy these life saving copies of bestselling medicines at a very low price and sell them to the customers at regular price. 

An intelligence agency has prepared a list of 79 ayurvedic factories, which are engaged in doing this unholy business. The list has also been submitted to the drug administration requesting it to take an immediate action against the criminals.

The drug administration must take 

immediate action against the 

manufacturers of counterfeit drugs 

The drug administration conducted mobile courts against counterfeit and outdated medicines and filed 2036 cases last year. But the organised counterfeiting gangs are still active across the country. They manufacture counterfeit medicines using the brand logos of different well-known, trusted and prestigious pharmaceutical companies at their underground factories.

Police and Rapid Action Battalion busted many factories producing counterfeit medicine in Dhaka and other parts of the country. But under the cover of ayurvedic medicines, the gang members are manufacturing fake medicines using flour and dye. 

Apart from counterfeit drugs, the organised syndicates are also flooding the country’s markets with consignments of expired, unregistered, banned, sex enhancers and life-endangering medicines, putting the lives of people especially those who live in remote villages at risk.

Medicines are used to save lives but if people take counterfeit, expired, unregistered and banned ones they may face the instant consequence and even death. Every year many people die taking counterfeit medicines in our country due to lack of strict vigilance.

The unholy nexus has been counterfeiting expensive and widely-used medicines of various renowned brands and lifesaving drugs of cancer and diabetes. Bangladesh is currently exporting medicines to 145 countries and such counterfeiting tarnishes the image of the industry.

The drug administration must take action against the manufacturers of these counterfeit drugs immediately as non-pharmaceutical grade chemicals can cause serious damage to the kidneys, liver and heart. The government should launch a massive crackdown on counterfeiting gangs involved in copying and manufacturing medicines immediately.