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Counterfeiting in the Time of COVID

The demand generates the offer. Where there is an acute lack of protective equipment, testing, and medication in the fight against the coronavirus, product fraud is growing rapidly (1-3). Even in exceptional times such as these, criminals do not shy away from putting counterfeit and inferior goods into circulation, directly putting the public, healthcare workers, and patients in harm’s way.

Often, in the race against time, less attention is paid to where the goods have come from. For control and authentication of products, simple and quickly verifiable indicators are needed to determine where the goods come from and whether they are genuine.

Special care should be taken when buying products on the Internet, which is a a popular platform for selling counterfeit products. Here, you can also encounter companies that do not deliver the goods after prepayment, or simply put unsafe replicas or completely ineffective products on the market.

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Mike Isles is the Executive Director for ASOP EU, a non-profit community interest company. With over 30,000 fake pharmacy websites targeting Europe on any given day, this multisectoral organisation’s mission is to enable patients to buy their medicines online safely – where it is legal to do so. Its members and observers involve many key internet stakeholders. Its aim is to produce concrete voluntary actions that will make a real difference and ultimately benefit the health and safety of patients.

Dr Marietta Ulrich-Horn holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Vienna, and an MBA from the Vienna University for Economics and Business, Austria, and the Carlson School of Management, US. She is Co-Founder and CEO of SECURIKETT®, a company offering a wide range of product protection solutions: complex security labels for physical product protection, and the digital cloud solution CODIKETT® for track and trace in global applications. MILLEPEDIA®, one of the latest IT product developments, makes interoperability possible.
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