As previously pointed to, it has become much easier to discover and pursue cases
of import of counterfeits after the introduction of the new provisions in the
Customs act. Customs has been given extended powers to seize what is believed
to be counterfeit goods. This is not only the case for clothes, bags and sunglasses
but, more worrisome, for pharmaceuticals.
2500 counterfeit pharmaceuticals were seized during the first half of 2008. The
number which has not having been discovered and hence seized may be far higher.
The Customs authority has intensified the work in seizing counterfeit pharmaceuticals
and in order to do so they are collaborating with the Norwegian Medicines Agency
and have also augmented the number of controls.
From the organization European Alliance to Safe Medicines it is reported that
62 % of all pharmaceuticals distributed via Internet are counterfeit, certainly
an ominous number.
Read more about Customs Surveillance at Acapo.com