Efforts to combat the counterfeit drug
trade by national governments, international organizations, and corporations are reviewed and policy recommendations to render counterfeiting unprofitable are proffered.
In developing countries, counterfeit drugs
already have significant effects on public health.
The manufacture, distribution, and marketing of counterfeit drugs
have become a lucrative and growing business worldwide.
ICN intends that its IND theme--Nurses for Patient Safety: Targetting Counterfeit and Substandard Medicines--will become the centrepiece of a multi-sector campaign aiming to raise awareness of the increasing availability of counterfeit and substandard drugs; provide tools to identify counterfeit drugs
and to report any suspicious medicines; and encourage nurses and other health professionals to lobby governments and regulatory authorities for appropriate legislation, drug regulation and law enforcement against counterfeit drugs
According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Counterfeit Drug
Task Force, electronic pedigree using radio frequency identification (RFID) tags to track and trace prescription drugs is a key technology in a multi-pronged strategy to safeguard the American drug supply.
Since May 10, pharmaceutical manufacturers and the FDA have been warning medical professionals and patients about wrongly labeled or counterfeit drugs
Some counterfeit drugs
even contain harmful ingredients, it was claimed.
com, whose principal was convicted and incarcerated for counterfeit drug
sales in 2013; ApexOnlinePharmacy.
Elaborating on the origin of these fraudulent medicines, he revealed that China and Africa are the biggest suppliers of counterfeit drugs
which then make their way to Europe.
From individual dosage form identifiers that immediately flag a counterfeit drug
at the dosage form level, to track and trace sensor solutions that surreptitiously indicate they have been tampered with are available in the marketplace.
are not a new phenomenon; they have hit the headlines as counterfeit Cialis and Viagra, among other drugs, and have infiltrated the legitimate supply chain.
The two are charged with possession of a counterfeit drug
with intent to distribute.