Julian Harris at International Policy Network responds to some points in the Now Lebanon article (see previous past here and commentary (thank you Paul and Graham) here) which postulates various alternative methods for fighting fake drugs:
"Firstly, implementing a state-run healthcare system is not a way of reducing levels of counterfeit medicines. The Member of Parliament’s rather bizarre comparison between France and ‘Africa’ would be amusing if it wasn’t so dangerously misleading. One could just as easily look at the situation in the USA, where there is no universal healthcare system (as yet) and extremely low levels of counterfeit medicines.
Piyush Diwan, 14th December 2008, "Presence of flourishing fake medicine racket in Orissa confirmed by Vigilance reports”,
“Why watchdogs failed to bark”, 27th March 2010"