Article originally published in PLC Life Sciences Handbook 2009/2010

With sales of counterfeit pharmaceuticals predicted to increase at nearly twice the rate of sales of legitimate products, it is not surprising that tackling pharmaceutical crime is high on the agendas of both global policymakers and pharmaceutical manufacturers. The US-based Center for Medicine in the Public Interest estimates that in 2010 alone counterfeit medicine commerce will generate US$75 billion (about EUR51.2 billion) in revenues – a 92% increase from 2005. Worryingly for patients, it is anticipated that many of these counterfeits will come through the legal supply chain.

Against that background, this chapter considers:

  • „The global trends in pharmaceutical crime.
  • Various policy-related initiatives that are being advanced to fight pharmaceutical crime. In particular, this chapter covers:
    • „multinational initiatives;
    • „initiatives from the EC.
  • The responses of policymakers at the multinational, national and industry level to the particular problems raised by the internet.
  • New technologies which may assist in tackling pharmaceutical crime.

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Lisa Peets leads the intellectual property and technology and media groups in the firm’s London office. Ms. Peets divides her time between London and Brussels, and her practice embraces legislative advocacy, trade and IP enforcement. In this context, she has worked closely with…

Lisa Peets leads the intellectual property and technology and media groups in the firm’s London office. Ms. Peets divides her time between London and Brussels, and her practice embraces legislative advocacy, trade and IP enforcement. In this context, she has worked closely with leading multinationals in a number of sectors, including many of the world’s best-known software and hardware companies.

On behalf of her clients, Ms. Peets has been actively engaged in a wide range of law reform efforts in Europe, on multilateral, regional and national levels. This includes advocacy on EU and national initiatives relating to e-commerce, copyright, patents, data protection, technology standards, compulsory licensing, IPR enforcement and emerging technologies. Ms. Peets also counsels clients on trade related matters, including EU export controls and sanctions rules and WTO compliance.

In the IP enforcement space, Ms. Peets coordinates a team of lawyers and Internet investigators who direct civil and criminal enforcement actions in countries throughout Europe and who conduct global notice and takedown programs to combat Internet piracy.

Ms. Peets is a member of the European Commission’s Expert Group on reform of the IP Enforcement Directive.