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U.S. Customs seized $83M worth of counterfeit medical devices, drugs in 2012

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 2:37pm
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Counterfeit medical products accounted for 9% of all seizures by U.S. Customs and Border Protection last year, nearly 1/3 less than confiscated in 2011.

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U.S. Customs & Border Protection seized more than 2,350 parcels containing counterfeit medical devices and pharmaceutical products last year valued at $83 million, according a new report from the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security.

The agency reported that knock-off medical products made up 9% of all seizures during 2012, down some 27% from the previous year when customs seized 3,206 medical products. In all, federal agents seized more than 22,848 counterfeit products in 2012 valued at $1.26 billion

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