Medical Director of Health Sigurdur Gudmundsson says the falsification of medication is a growing industry around the world. Such products are sold on the internet and are finding their way to Iceland.
“One could say that purchasing medicine on the internet is like playing Russian roulette,” Gudmundsson told Fréttabladid, explaining that the likelihood of such medicine being phony is high, in which case they have either no effect at all or contain dangerous substances.
Head of the Icelandic Medicines Control Agency Rannveig Gunnarsdóttir agrees with Gudmundsson, confirming that she knows of cases where online retailers have sold phony medication.
Gunnarsdóttir said pharmaceuticals sold in Iceland are secure, but that it is important for companies and health authorities to be aware of phony products.
According to Fréttabladid, phony medication has been sold through the official EEA medicine distribution system, to which Icelandic pharmaceutical companies have access.