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News Summary: Drugmakers, Interpol go after fakes

The Associated Press

GETTING TOUGH: Interpol's newly created Pharmaceutical Crime Program aims to help health and law enforcement agencies worldwide stem the supply of bogus brand-name and generic medicines and break up the organized crime rings distributing them.

SHOW ME THE MONEY: More than two dozen pharmaceuticals companies have pledged €4.5 million ($5.9 million) over three years to help Interpol train local police on investigative procedures, evidence handling and how to work with partners outside their countries.

HIGH COST: The drug rings cost legitimate drugmakers billions in lost sales while patients who take counterfeit drugs often are poisoned or get sicker because they're not receiving what the doctor prescribed.