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December 9, 2022

Ban on counterfeit drugs’ trade, adopted by EP

The European Parliament (EP) adopted, yesterday, a law which bans the trade of counterfeit drugs and regulates the online selling of pharmaceutical products, which is one of the main channels through which counterfeit products make it on the European market. According to the EP’s Press Bureau, quoted by Mediafax, in EU member states in which online chemist’s have a working license, these will need a permit to sell pharmaceutical products, and medical products brokers will be registered. The European provision should be transposed into the Romanian legislation in two years’ time. Marisa Matias (GUE/NGL, PT), who chaired the debate in Parliament on this piece of legislation, stated: “Counterfeit drugs are ‘silent killers’ because they are either ineffective or contain toxic substances which may harm or kill the user. The lack of a legal frame encourages counterfeiting, which is a form of organized crime. (…) The main purpose of this law is safeguarding the patients’ safety”. The MEPs wanted to ensure not only the import, but also the export of these products to a third country, was better regulated. At the same time, the new directive will introduce sanctions for those who fail to abide by the new regulations, which cannot be less harsh than those applied for violations of national legislation in the same sector. The text approved by the European deputies is the result of an agreement with the Council, which has, in turn, to stamp its formal approval on it. Once the law is adopted, the member states will have a 24 months’ term to make the necessary modifications to the national legislation.

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