U.S. pulls out all the stops to fight counterfeits

Counterfeit drugs have made their way onto President Obama's priority list. And he's rolling out the big guns: leadership from Homeland Security, the Justice Department and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

At a White House forum Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder told attendees that tighter cooperation between public and private sector leaders will help the DoJ in its anti-counterfeiting efforts. "This collaboration must become more seamless," he says in Main Justice.

The forum's topic was intellectual property protection, with an emphasis on drug counterfeits. Assistant AG Tony West says the DoJ has already created a team to prosecute counterfeit drug cases, in part as a means of protecting legal pharmacies.

Even Google and Microsoft are in on the act. The business giants, as well as Yahoo!, MasterCard, Visa, American Express, GoDaddy and others, will from a nonprofit to root out online pharmacies that sell fakes.

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