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Factsheet: Kenya's Anti-Counterfeit Bill 2008

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What are counterfeits?

A counterfeit is an imitation that is made usually with the intent to deceptively represent its content or origins. Although most frequently used to describe forged currency or documents, the word “counterfeit” also describes fraudulent imitations of a variety of consumer goods, particularly those which are very expensive or desirable, or those which are cheap and easy to reproduce. Counterfeiters attempt to deceive consumers into thinking they are purchasing a legitimate item, or convince the consumer that they could deceive others with the imitation.

Any kind of product can be (and probably has been!) counterfeited, including medicines. A counterfeit medicine is one that is produced or sold with the intent to deceptively represent its origin, authenticity or effectiveness.

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