China: Seizure of Counterfeit 'VIAGRA'

In October 2009, our informant reported a lead of an underground factory manufacturing counterfeit “VIAGRA”, infringing the IP rights of Pfizer.

We investigated using both a front approach and surveillance of the manufacturing site. In February 2010, we finally confirmed the current production of counterfeit “VIAGRA”. Stocks of target products were spotted at the manufacturing site. We immediately submitted a complaint to the local police i.e. Public Security Bureau (PSB).

The raid action was taken in the early morning of 26 March 2010 led by a team of 30 plus PSB officers, joined by FDA officers (Food and Drug Administration). They first caught a driver at the doorway, then forced their way into the premises while the doors were locked by other alerted personnel. After an hour, the PSB finally entered the target manufacturing site, broke all the locked doors and searched through the storage areas of packages, the raw materials and semi-finished product and even the workers’ dormitory. The raid resulted in the seizure of:

  • 360 bottles of counterfeit VIAGRA (100mg; 30 tablets / bottle)

  • 2,000 light blue and 60KG dark blue tablets of counterfeit “VIAGRA”

  • Full containers of nine eight-ton trucks of other sex medicines

  • A foil packaging machine

10 workers including the driver were detained at the site and taken to the local police station. The seized products were delivered to the FDA’s warehouse. The PSB issued a warrant for the arrest of the owner as the principal criminal. We were requested to provide further support in monitoring the raided site and associated entities.

Publication of the case in Chinese was on local online news on 12 May 2010, Guangzhou Daily News:

http://news.163.com/10/0512/17/66GIAF3C00014AEE.html