This commerce seems to be growing in the Arab World (UAE, Egypt, Jordan, Yemen, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, to name a few).
Lebanon’s National Health Commission testified in 2004 that 35% of pharmaceuticals obtainable in Lebanon were counterfeit. Several physicians discovered that their patients suffering from chronic (and often serious) illnesses were being treated with counterfeit medicines. Cancer medications turned out to be water, blood thinners were discovered to be powder. These are only examples. As a result, public awareness campaigns to suppress the rise of such drugs were launched.
Are awareness campaigns enough? Obviously not since counterfeit drugs as still being produced and patients and doctors still falling a prey to avid murderous money lovers. When people start treating the lives of others as commodities, much more than campaigns are needed. Failing to do that is partaking in crime.