Macedonian Customs Seize Fake Anti-Impotence Drugs

Feb 23 2012 - 12:10

The Macedonian customs inspectors discovered and seized large quantities of counterfeit drugs used for treating erectile dysfunction, during two separate inspections conducted in the capital of Skopje and on the Skopje-Tetovo highway this month.

On February 3, during a regular customs control of a passenger motor vehicle with Macedonian license plates on the Skopje-Tetovo highway, the customs inspectors found 824 100-mg Viagra tablets, 384 20-mg Cialis tablets, 147 100-mg bags of Kamagra Oral Jelly gel, and 168 20-mg Levitra tablets. The suspect advertised the drugs online and in print, and delivered them either by post or in person. Boxes containing four 100-mg Viagra tablets, four 20-mg Cialis tablets and four 20-mg Levitra tablets were sold for USD 33 (EUR 25) each, while a box of seven bags of 100-mg Kamagra Oral Jelly was sold for USD 30 (EUR 23), which indicates a profit of USD 11,230 (EUR 8,480) for the entire quantity.

On February 19, the customs inspectors discovered another large quantity of counterfeit medication in Skopje, in the possession of a pharmacy student, a citizen of Serbia. The bag carried by the suspect contained 396 100-mg Viagra tablets, 400 20-mg Cialis tablets, 140 100-mg bags of Kamagra Oral Jelly gel, and 80 Kamagra 100 Gold tablets. The suspect advertised the drugs online and shipped them by post. The suspect sold the Viagra 100-mg, Kamagra 100-Gold, and Cialis tablets for USD 26 (EUR 20) per box, while a box of Kamagra Oral Jelly was sold for USD 33 (EUR 25), which indicates a profit of USD 6,326 (EUR 4,780).

The prices of the above-mentioned genuine drugs as recorded in Macedonia’s official medicine register range between USD 44 (EUR 33) and USD 86 (EUR 65), and they are sold by prescription only.

The customs authorities will bring criminal charges against the suspects after the investigation is completed and the necessary evidence collected.

For more information, please contact Aleksandra Pavlovic at our Macedonia office.

Source: Macedonian Customs

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