According to the Peruvian Health Department approximately 15% to 20% of all medicines sold in Peru are false or have expired. Most of these products arrive from Bolivia and the Northern boundary of Peru.
The irresponsible sellers of these fake medicine products affect, mostly, the health of the poorest citizens, who have the necessity to buy the cheapest medicine available, even if the products don’t have any warranty and could be dangerous.
When feeling sick, approximately 70% of the Peruvian population is auto medicating themselves. Without professional advice or a doctors prescription individuals might end up with a wrong and deadly “solution” as the fake medicines packages are very similar to the original ones (sometimes are recycled from the garbage) which makes it hard to recognized them from the “real thing”.
Peruvians spend more than $60 million a year buying dangerous false medicines. Last year the police manage to capture 10 tons of fake medicines, which were valued around $400 thousands – equal to 1% of fake medicines sold in Peru every year.
Without any doubt this commercialization of fake medicine is a threat to the health of the Peruvian society.