Potsdam
16 January 2017
Reporter: Barney Dixon

No bills in fake pills


Founding members of the ‘Pillendienst’ or ‘Pills service’ criminal group have been sentenced to imprisonment for up to five years.

The two co-founders, along with the group’s webmasters and four accomplices, were convicted of criminal infringements of trademark law at the expense of Bayer, the multinational chemical and pharmaceutical company.

Pillendienst sold counterfeit medicines over the internet from 2008 until 2011, including impotency and slimming pills, for a turnover of between €21 and €30 million.

The counterfeits were produced in Asia and distributed through Eastern Europe into Germany via ordinary mail. Around 600 people were involved in the full programme.

Bayer was represented by a Denton’s legal team, led by Constantin Rehaag.

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