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Fake medicines threaten health of Europe’s citizens and industry

Growing quantities of counterfeit goods are being smuggled into the EU, posing an increasing threat to the health of its citizens and domestic industries, according to statistics on seizures by EU customs officials.

The value of the goods intercepted last year was nearly €1.3 billion compared to €1.1 bn in 2010, said the European Commission’s annual report on customs actions to enforce intellectual property rights. Fake medicines accounted for a quarter of all counterfeit goods intercepted on arrival in the EU.

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