Czechs report record fake erectile pills seizure

Customs officials in the Czech Republic say they have seized almost 200,000 fake erectile dysfunction pills.

Czech Customs Administration spokeswoman Sarka Miskovska says a total of 194,300 counterfeit Viagra and Cialis pills were seized recently at Prague's Vaclav Havel airport. Miskovska says they arrived in two shipments from an unspecified country in southern Asia.

In a statement Tuesday, the administration said it was a record seizure and the value of the original Eli Lilly and Co.'s Cialis and Pfizer Inc.'s Viagra pills would have been 87 million koruna ($4.5 million).

It is not clear whether the pills were meant for the Czech Republic or another country. No further details were available. The customs office said it is still investigating the incident.

not rated yet
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Czech police crack rhinoceros horn smuggling ring

Jul 23, 2013

Czech authorities said Tuesday they had cracked an international gang smuggling horns of rare white rhinoceroses from South Africa to Asia, where they are prized in traditional medicine.

Thailand to sell generic Viagra drug: officials

Sep 26, 2012

Thailand has approved an affordable generic version of the anti-impotence drug Viagra to go on sale next week, as the country looks to combat rampant counterfeit production, officials said Wednesday.

Internet led to global 'explosion' of fake drugs

Jun 14, 2012

The rapid growth of Internet commerce has led to an explosion of counterfeit drugs sold around the world, with China the biggest source of fake medicines, pharmaceutical experts said Thursday.

Recommended for you

Merck completes sale of consumer unit to Bayer

15 hours ago

Drugmaker Merck said Wednesday that it completed the sale of its consumer care business, which makes products including Claritin allergy medication and Coppertone sun-care line, to German health care company Bayer for $14.2 ...

Viagra ads target women for first time

Sep 30, 2014

The maker of the world's top-selling erectile dysfunction drug on Tuesday will begin airing the first Viagra TV commercial in America that targets the less-obvious sufferers of the sexual condition: women.

User comments