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China cracks down on fake sex-pill makers

Government raided more than 1,400 drug dens that make faux Viagra, among other meds

Chinese counterfeiters are scurrying for cover as the government criminalized the manufacture of fake medicines earlier this year. Police have busted more than 1,400 illegal drug dens and locked up eight sex-pill makers in the past month in an effort to deflate an estimated $3 billion worth of pseudo drugs.

Seeking to curb what is reportedly the world’s fastest-growing pharmaceutical market, the Chinese government raised the maximum penalty for manufacturing counterfeit drugs to the death sentence. Still, estimates from IMS Health indicate that production of fake drugs will increase 17 percent to $48 billion.

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