Although similar in appearance to the authentic tablets, the counterfeit Ponstan tablet on the left contains no active ingredient. Instead, it is composed of boric acid, brick dust and paint. Boric Acid is a pesticide that can cause gastrointestinal and renal failure.
This is a Viagra counterfeiting site in Egypt. Counterfeit tablets were being given their blue coloring using an old cement mixer. Clearly, the manufacturing conditions were far from sterile.
This an old cement mixer used to give counterfeit Viagra tablets their blue coloring.
The counterfeit Lipitor tablets on the left are nearly identical from the authentic tablets on the right. Only distinguishable to the consumer by their bitter taste, the counterfeit tablets were among more than 18 million counterfeit Lipitor tablets removed from the U.S. supply chain in 2003.
A residence in Thailand used to counterfeit Viagra. In this case, Thai police seized more than 80,000 counterfeit Viagra tablets along with counterfeit packaging and manufacturing equipment.
Columbian authorities raided this manufacturing site where they found more than 800,000 counterfeit Ponstan tablets, as well as large quanties of Terramycin, packaging for both products, and manufacturing equiptment.
This is another photograph of the inside of a Ponstan counterfeiting opperation in Columbia.