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Author Hall, Alexandra (Lecturer in criminology),
Title Fake meds online : the internet and the transnational market in illicit pharmaceuticals / Alexandra Hall, Georgios A. Antonopoulos.
Imprint London : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

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Author Hall, Alexandra (Lecturer in criminology),
Series Palgrave pivot
Palgrave pivot. http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/no2012160523
Subject Drug traffic -- Investigation.
Transnational crime.
Internet pharmacies -- Corrupt practices.
Drugs -- Marketing -- Corrupt practices.
Crime -- Sociological aspects.
Computer crimes.
Alt Name Antonopoulos, Georgios A.,
Description 1 online resource.
polychrome rdacc http://rdaregistry.info/termList/RDAColourContent/1003
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Acknowledgements; Contents; List of Abbreviation ; List of Figures ; Chapter 1: Introduction; The Project 'www.fakecare.com'; Methodology; Virtual Ethnography; Additional Methods; Limitations of Methods and Data; A Composite Definition of 'Illicit Medicines'; Notes; Chapter 2: The Online Trade in Illicit Pharmaceuticals: The UK Context; Cybercrime and Pharmaceutical Falsification: A Very Brief History; The Online Trade in Illicit Medicines in the UK: A Transit Zone and End-User Market; The Most Popular Illicit Medicines in the UK; The Legal and Regulatory Framework.
The Internet InfrastructureThe Platforms, Services and Tools Used to Market Illicit Medicines Online; Online Pharmacies; 'Pandora's (In)Box: Email, Spam and Web Manipulation; Social Media Sites; Online Wholesalers and Classified Advertising; Darknet Markets; Online Detection-Avoidance Tactics; Conclusion; Chapter 3: The Demand Side; Pharmaceutical Drugs, the Internet and the UK Consumer; Web 2.0 and the Privatisation of Healthcare; Contributing Factors and Demographic Variables; Determinant Factors; The Privatisation of Health Practices and the New Cultural Norm of the Consumer/Patient.
Saving Face: The Demand for Lifestyle Medicines Drug Diversion: Recreational Drug Use and Prescription Drug Misuse; Recreational Pharmaceutical Drug Use; Prescription Drug Misuse; Anti-Big Business Sentiment? Attitudes Towards Counterfeiting; Who Is at Risk? Measuring Demographic Variables; Socioeconomic Factors; Young People and Teenagers; Gender; Conclusion; Chapter 4: The Supply Side; The Political Economy of Supply; Historically Established Trade Routes; The Use of Special Economic Zones; Parallel Trade.
Offline Physical Flows: The Channels and Networks of Production and DistributionZones of Production; Zones of Transit and Distribution; The Trade's Social Organisation; Actors; Case Files; Organisation; 'Pay as You Grow:' The Online Trade in Illicit Medicines as the By-Product of Contemporary Dynamics in the Legal Pharmaceutical Industry; Conclusion; Note; Chapter 5: Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.
Summary "In this thoughtful and carefully researched book Hall and Antonopoulos describe an illegal market that has been largely ignored by government agencies and social scientists alike. While this trade lacks the tawdry glamour of other illegal markets such as drugs, gangs and people, the authors of this important book have unpicked the workings of a business that is genuinely transnational and constitutes a real threat that implicates orthodox commercial forces, and blurs conventional distinctions between legal and illegal enterprise"--Dick Hobbs, author of Lush Life "In this highly readable and original study, Hall and Antonopoulos bring together insights from criminology, medical sociology, political economy and internet studies, and in doing so offer a much-needed account of how the supply of, and demand for, illicit pharmaceuticals has become a multi-billion dollar criminal enterprise." - Majid Yar, author of Cybercrime and Society This book provides a timely criminological investigation into the rapidly growing sale of fake medicines online. Some estimates suggest that the fake medicine trade has now overtaken marijuana and prostitution as the world's largest market for criminal traffickers. This increase has been particularly apparent in the context of various evolutionary phases in information and communications technologies, and the Internet now acts as the main avenue through which this criminal market is expanding. Thus far - despite growing concern and media attention - this extensive, extremely profitable, and ultimately life-threatening online market is yet to be fully explored. Drawing on the authors' own criminological investigation of both the supply and demand sides in the United Kingdom, this study offers the first in-depth and empirically-grounded analysis of the online trade in illicit medicines. Founded on rigorous research, and bolstering a rich area for debate, this book will be of particular interest for scholars of drugs, criminology and technology studies. Alexandra Hall is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the School of Social Sciences, Business and Law, Teesside University, UK. Georgios A. Antonopoulos is Professor of Criminology at the School of Social Sciences, Business and Law, Teesside University, UK.-- Provided by publisher.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781137570888 (electronic bk.)
1137570881 (electronic bk.)
9781137570871
1137570873
OCLC # 961271817
Additional Format Print version: Fake Meds Online. [Place of publication not identified] : Palgrave Macmillan 2016 9781137570871 (OCoLC)952384027