Tax police report confiscating fake Cofal

The ointment Cofal is the Costa Rican equivalent of Bengay, the U.S. over-the-counter medicine for sore muscles.

There is a new twist with Cofal. The tax police said they found a large quantity of jars displaying the Cofal brand but that they were counterfeits. That was in San Rafael Abajo de Desamparados during a raid Tuesday.

The police, an agency of the Ministerio de Hacienda said that investigators had made purchases and later tests showed that the supposed medicines were not the real thing. There is at least an infringement of intellectual property rights, the agency said. Prosecutors were involved in the case.

There also is a problem in that the distributor of the bottles is not listed with the tax agency, the Dirección General de Tributación, police said.

Although a fake  cream for muscle aches is unlikely to be life-threatening, the agency warned about other fake medicines that could have serious effects. Police noted that the ministry maintains a complaint email address:

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