Amendment of Criminal Code to include counterfeiting of medicines
On November, 4, 2009, the Argentine Congress enacted Federal Law No. 26.524 that modifies the Criminal Code in order to include counterfeiting medicines, among the conducts prohibited.
Let us recall that the old article 200 of the Criminal Code prohibited and punished the conducts of adulterating and poisoning medicines in a dangerous way for the general public, without mentioning the falsification of medicines.
Now, all those activities are prohibited and punished with jail (between 3 and 10 years) plus monetary fines that go between local pesos 10,000 (less than u$s 3,000) to 50,000 (less than u$s 15,000).
In addition, the enacted Law modifies other articles that are related to No. 200.
Overall, we suggest those performing or related to the commercialization of medicines in Argentina to take a look at the new article 200 and those related in the Criminal Code.