Today it is in the BBC News that a man who used to sell counterfeit medicines including Viagra has been told to handover 14 million dollars by a court. He ran an illegal online pharmacy which sold unlicensed drugs for erectile dysfunction.
The court found that he made 15.4million dollars from his dealings and ordered him to pay 14.4 million dollars. He has been given six months to pay.
This case pertains to the Western world. Have you ever come across any case in India in which a fake dealer has been sentenced in such a way. I have not!
These online pharmacies trap vulnerable people and coerce them into buying all such cheap stuff — cheap in the sense that no body knows their credentials, their quality control practices and so on! And people who buy such stuff online from such dubious sites are always looking for anonymity.
Many such stuff sold could be life-threatening. However, just imagine the plight of the poor patient who even after experiencing serious side effects never opens his/her mouth. The pharmacies inspite of pushing counterfeit stuff keep on flourishing till some law reaches their neck.
The situation is much more complex in India —besides using online pharmacies, people are being duped everywhere offline as well by quacks, some dubious pharmacies, some “drug peddlars”, some “mysterious persons” claiming magic cures of everything from impotence to straightening the “curved tool” which never was !