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21 Feb 2011

EU Passed Law against Counterfeit Drugs

The European Parliament has passed a directive aimed at curbing the sale and distribution of counterfeit drugs.

The EU has approved a law to fight against the distribution of counterfeit drugs, which have been entering Europe at staggering rates over the past few years. Under the law, pharmaceutical companies must stamp each package with a serial number, which can be read by the pharmacy to ascertain that the pack is authentic.


The directive, adopted with 569 votes in favour, 12 against and seven abstentions, has been in the pipeline for over two years and must now be ratified by the Council of Ministers.


The European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations director general Brian Ager, said: "This vote clears the way for concrete measures to help protect patients in Europe from counterfeit medicines. As counterfeit medicines endanger the heal

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