Availability of Pharmaceutical Drugs on the Black Market

According to the World Anti-Doping Agency, around 25 percent of all legitimate pharmaceutical drugs made in the world is available to buy on the black market.

The director general of WADA stated the scale of the available of drugs after a scientist with the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow was caught selling a drug that was still in the testing phase on the black market. WADA stated that many drugs that are still in the Research and Development phase of the drug was already available on the black market.

(Additional statistics about illegal pharmaceutical drugs.)

Source:  Owen Gibson, “Wada warns that around 25% of world’s drugs are sold on the black market,” Guardian, February 5, 2014.