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Jakarta Post

Constant demand keeps fake drugs in the market

  • Dina Indrasafitri

    The Jakarta Post

  /   Sat, September 25 2010   /  11:24 am

The risks of counterfeit drugs have apparently failed to drive people away from buying them. With consistent demand the circulation of fake drugs remains unchecked, an official recently said.Erita  Harun from the United States Department of Justices’ International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP) Indonesia, said that raids have proven that Indonesia was a haven for counterfeit drugs.“There are gaps [in the pharmacy industry] that can be used by those producing fake drugs, such as gathering used packets to be refilled [by bogus products],” she said in Jakarta during a lecture on intellectual property rights.Erita said that high demand is part of the reason why illegal drugs are still very common in Indonesia.Panji Pragiwaksono from the Community for Children with Cancer (C3) said that parents of children with cancer often resorted to drugs that were c...