Seizure of COVID Treatments Highlights IP Gaps in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement

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Friday, July 9, 2021
Austin Max Scherer

Federal authorities seized at U.S. airports unauthorized versions of the COVID-19 treatment remdesivir destined for distribution in Mexico.[1]  Counterfeit versions are arriving in the U.S. by plane from Bangladesh and India and then smuggled by individuals to Mexico, which will then be sold to the highest bidder.[2]  The seizure of counterfeit treatments is not new as U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers have captured more than 100 shipments.[3]

[1] Jared S. Hopkins, Illegal Treatment for Covid-19 Seized Before Reaching Mexico, Wall St. J., Jun. 24, 2021, at A9.

[2] Id.

[3] Id.