A new bill proposed by Representative Steve Israel would increase the budget for the counterfeiting department over at the FDA. It would also alter the maximum prison term for those found guilty of selling counterfeits drugs or mislabeling medicine.
Counterfeit medicine is very dangerous. Especially if you have cancer and the cancer pills you got were counterfeit, just as this story about fake Avastin pills. That is just one cancer drug that is counterfeited and sold. Birth control pills, antibiotics are heavily counterfeited along with every other type of medicine, supplements and pills.
While the amount of counterfeit medicine is low in the US and western world, poorer countries have been hit hard. Afghanistan has it worst, with counterfeit medicine booming.
Rep. Israel would like to keep it that way, a low amount of counterfeits in the US. Removing all counterfeits is impossible. His bill calls for a $60 million expenditure per year to fight counterfeits, along with harsher prison terms.