For most, a holiday to Amsterdam is just that: a chance to unwind, enjoy the wonderful Dutch culture, and take in those sights and sounds only found in the Netherlands.
For some, though, a trip to the city may be more than a tulip-filled excursion abroad on account of its more liberal policies when it comes to offering alternative and ground-breaking cancer treatments to those who have tried more traditional means in the battle of their lives.
Medical tourists are reliant upon not only outstanding teams of Dutch and Danish oncologists located in this part of the world, but also those drugs and prescription protocols being administered to them by way of production facilities located in Egypt, China, and still further afield.
Thus, it is with a heavy heart that the World Health Organization (WHO) and other global watchdogs continue to see, and report on, the more than 10 percent of all such medicines that are in some way compromised, counterfeit, adulterated, or substandard.
Despite this effort at policing the production, trade, and introduction of harmful medicines into the supply chain, nary a week goes by without another international scandal surfacing with the latest coming out of Bulgaria, the European Union (EU), and the Netherlands.
Of course, this does not need to be the case as smart, affordable, and recyclable tracking technology is available online and only a click away.
And while governments the world over are doing their very best to prevent the movement of such compromised goods between neighbouring countries, none are able to offer the safety, security, and surety of best-in-class provider Hanhaa.
Shining a light, literally, on counterfeiters
Quickly, and in summary, Bulgaria is only the latest country targeted as a waypoint for counterfeit drug traffickers who wilfully ship either compromised, or expired, products to the Netherlands, EU, or North America.
Sadly, however, the packs made it all the way to the Dutch border before authorities became aware of a potential issue with the packaging when they noticed that there was a virtual-physical mismatch with the serial numbers.