|•||The majority of counterfeit products were discovered by visual detection.|
|•||The reports embraced virtually all classes of products, but antibiotics appeared to be the most common.|
The WHO workshops are unique in that they represent a worldwide effort to address the counterfeiting problem. The only other worldwide initiative is that being conducted by the Counterfeiting Intelligence Bureau (CIB) in London, which has organized a Countertech and Counterforce organization for tackling the international problem.
According to Dr. ten Ham, the workshop still had much to accomplish, but unfortunately, there was no more funding. Lack of funding has always been a problem for WHO programs, which are funded almost entirely by the developing nations. At the end of 1995, unpaid contributions from member states totaled $243 million, with the rate of collection during the year amounting to 53 percent, the lowest in WHO history. At its World Assembly, a resolution was passed "expressing deep concern" at the unprecedented level of outstanding contributions. 32
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Publication information: Book title: Trademark Counterfeiting, Product Piracy, and the Billion Dollar Threat to the U.S. Economy. Contributors: Paul R. Paradise - Author. Publisher: Quorum Books. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 1999. Page number: 202.