Beware of Counterfeits!

Protecting Patients Is a Priority for Bayer

Counterfeit drugs have developed into a serious global problem in recent years. Even in countries with a safe system for marketing medicinal products, patients must know about the risks. Counterfeit drugs can endanger the health of unsuspecting users or even be life-threatening. Bayer regards it as its duty to stand up for patient safety in the face of the threat posed by counterfeit drugs.

Counterfeits: How to Protect Yourself


On this page you will find information about how to protect yourself from fake medicines.

Recognizing Fakes

Recognizing Fakes
How can you recognize counterfeit drugs especially while internet shopping or travelling? Find out more…
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Background Information

Background Information

You can find answers to the following questions:

  • Who is affected by counterfeit drugs?
  • What are counterfeits?
  • What about products that are so substandard as to be comparable to counterfeits?
  • What are the risks for your health?
  • What problems exist on a global level?
  • Which organizations, associations and authorities can help?
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Fraudulent Use of Brands

Fraudulent Use of Brands
They look like the real deal. The product name rings a bell. The logo of a well-known pharmaceutical company is visibly printed on the label. However, appearances are deceptive. Find out how you can recognize drug frauds.
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Bayer’s Commitment against Counterfeits

Bayer’s Commitment against Counterfeits
Bayer has started its “Beware of Counterfeits” campaign to target the issue of counterfeited medicines. Close cooperation with national and international authorities devoted to this problem contributes to its success.
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Useful Links about Counterfeit Drugs

Useful Links about Counterfeit Drugs
This list of useful links contains the website addresses of national and international organizations involved in counterfeit drug issues.
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News

Medicine crime: Inconsistent European legislations

Every country has different laws pertaining medicine crimes. However, the differences can vary so vastly that prosecuting drug counterfeiters across borders can become a very challenging task. This is one of the results of ALPhA, a project funded by the German government (we reported previously on this). The final results were presented in Osnabrück, Germany, at a closing press conference.

“We are in desperate need for a harmonization of medicine laws”, legal scholar Arndt Sinn, from the University of Osnabrück, said to the press. He also criticized authorities for not cooperating closely enough. Former director of Europol, Jürgen Storbeck, urged the German government and authorities to develop a European strategy that takes product piracy and medicine crime more into account.

Furthermore, consumers should be made more aware of counterfeit drugs, experts said. Illegal online pharmacies increasingly are forged to take on the appearance of a legitimate store explained Marina Bloch, in-house counsel at Bayer AG. And counterfeit medicines available at these illegal pharmacies resemble their original counterparts so much that even experts have a hard time distinguishing them from real medication.

August 5, 2016
Sources: University of Osnabrück, DAZ