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The Rise of Generics in China

Jul 26, 2008
With the summer Olympics due to kick off in Beijing this August, all eyes will be turned to China and to the sporting world. China is already the world's largest manufacturer of raw materials used in medicines and in recent years, the country is jumping into the generic drugs business in a big way. Trying to show that they are determined to host a clean Olympic Games, the Chinese authorities plan to crack down on illegal drugs in Beijing and other cities that will host Olympic events. Fake drug manufacturers may face heavy fines, life imprisonment or death penalty, according to the new draft, which is jointly written by China's Supreme People's Court and the Supreme People's Procuratorate.

Viagra is currently the most widely-counterfeited drug in the world. The issue of fake Viagra serves to highlight the China's ever increasing problem of rogue medicines. China is coming from behind and challenging India in an industry it has traditionally dominated. India's generic pharmaceutical industry is legendary. It takes compounds that are unpatented in a particular country, copies and sells them cheaply around the world. However, in recent years China has over taken India. According to the European Commission, custom seizures of counterfeit goods in the EU rose by 17% last year and China was the source of almost 60% of dodgy goods. Switzerland and India account for three-quarters of the trade in fake drugs, which rose by 51% last year. Treatments for erectile dysfunction- phoney Viagra pills - were the most common counterfeit medicines.

Pfizer Inc is currently the one and only legal producer of Viagra (drug name: sildenafil) and it must be prescribed by a physician. With websites selling bogus generics you are taking a huge risk. Customers can overcome this issue by making sure that they always buy from a quality supplier that upholds international safeguards.

Patients suffering from impotence can take precautions when buying Viagra online by remembering the following:
  • The site must comply with data protection regulations and also be listed in their register.
  • The site must have a security policy outlining the minimum standards to be reached in order to protect clients' sensitive data. They should offer money-back guarantees on failure of service.
  • Both the doctor and the online pharmacy must be registered (with the GMC in the UK) and also contact details for each must be supplied with the order.
  • They should not advertise or push customers to buy any one treatment.
Also Bear in mind that
  • It is illegal for prescription medicines to be promoted or explained prior to a consultation with a doctor.
  • It is illegal to advertise prices for treatments prior to a consultation with a doctor.
About the Author
This article was submitted by James Kirby who writes on health related matters and specialises in men's health. Viagra is only one of a number of treatments for ED available on the market. It is possible to have Viagra prescribed following a secure online consultation with a GMC registered doctor. For the latest information on Viagra, please visit PrimaMED
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