03.14.11

Comments Of Senator Patrick Leahy On “60 Minutes” Investigation Into The Counterfeit Drugs Market

“Last night’s ‘60 Minutes’ investigation on the counterfeit drug trade calls further attention to the harm caused to American consumers by counterfeit products.  To an everyday consumer, these medicines, which are packaged in convincingly labeled bottles and imprinted with an authentic looking brand name, are easily mistaken for the real thing.  For patients relying on medicines to treat serious conditions, counterfeit drugs are life threatening. 

“Often these counterfeit pharmaceuticals are manufactured overseas and sold to American consumers through rogue websites on the Internet.  This must be stopped.  I plan to continue my work this Congress to enact legislation that provides the Justice Department with more effective tools to combat online infringement and counterfeits, including the sales of counterfeit drugs.”    

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