Medical devices provide life-saving treatment to patients, however, the rise of counterfeit medical devices can cause serious harm and put patient’s at risk. As with fake pharmaceuticals, fake medical devices are not authorised for use by the FDA (US) or MHRA (UK) and can be broken, contaminated or defective. This can cause life-threatening consequences such as inaccurate diagnosis, allergic reactions or impeded treatment.
Medical counterfeiters often thrive off demand, with the Covid-19 pandemic and associated need for medical supplies causing a spike in fake PPE and even fake Covid-19 vaccines. In fact, during a 7-day period in March 2020 Interpol reported that it seized 7,000 unauthorised and counterfeit medical devices, the vast majority of which were surgical masks.
Thriving off the vulnerable is nothing new in the medical counterfeiting industry with counterfeiters regularly targeting developing countries where demand for affordable medical care often outstrips supply. Indeed, the WHO states that around 1 in 10 medical products in developing countries is counterfeit.
With counterfeiters increasingly preying on global as well as individual vulnerabilities with detrimental consequences to health and the economy, preventing face medical devices has never been more important. This is where our anti-counterfeiting solution for medical devices comes in.