Security and health officials in Liberia are attempting to crack down on the market in counterfeit drugs.
In six months, authorities have arrested 10 people for selling counterfeit drugs in the country. The campaign began in July 2013 in an attempt to stop the trade in fake drugs.
Buyers and sellers of counterfeit drugs state that they have no choice but to buy the drugs. One buyer interviewed by the media stated that he pays $3 for a single anti-malaria pill sold in a legitimate pharmacy. A counterfeit version of the drug is sold on the street for $1.50.
Sellers of counterfeit drugs state that they have no other way of making an income in the country.
(Additional counterfeit goods statistics.)
Source: “Counterfeit drug war in Liberia,” IRIN, January 29, 2014.
A report released by environmental group Global Witness states that up to one-quarter of all logging permits issued in Liberia within a two-year period were illegally granted.
Source: Elizabeth Rosenthal, “Illegal Logging Deals Rife in Liberia, Group Reports,” New York Times, Green Blog, September 4, 2012.
The head of the Liberia Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Authority stated that up to 60 percent of the drugs that are on the market in Liberia are counterfeit.
The fake drugs enter the country from Guinea on the back of trucks that are not inspected at the border. Many Liberians purchase their medicines from street vendors.
Worldwide, the illegal trade in counterfeit drugs is worth $200 Billion a year.
Source: Emmanuel Weedee, “Liberia: How Are Counterfeit Medicines Brought Into the Country,” AllAfrica, May 21, 2012.