BPI changes packaging to combat counterfeiters

The decision follows the seizure of about K2.8 billion (US$2.1 million) worth of phony products bearing the BPI brand by the Ministry of Home Affairs in August and September.

The deputy manager of an MPF factory in Insein township, U Aung Zaw, said 19 types of fake BPI medicine, mostly pills, were uncovered.

“A new BPI logo is being printed on products manufactured from October onward. A hologram seal will be placed on old products currently in the market,” said U Ko Ko Aung, general manager at the MPF.

BPI products currently make up around 10 percent of the local pharmaceuticals market. BPI, or Burma Pharmaceutical Industry, was a state-run drug maker renamed Myanmar Pharmaceutical Factory in 1988.