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Healthcare professionals: How can you spot counterfeit drugs?
 

Healthcare professionals: How can you spot counterfeit drugs?

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Despite many incidents of death secondary to counterfeit drugs, there is no consistent or universally agreed-upon definition of counterfeit drugs. So how can we spot them?
 
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20 Oct 2016 - General
 
As a doctor, it is very important to have sufficient knowledge about counterfeit drugs to prevent any harm to the patient. The article mentions the tricks of spotting a counterfeit drug. I agree that most of the times, one can identify a counterfeit drug from the packaging;mostly the design and the name of the drug. What I have noticed that there will be some small spelling errors e.g. Paracet may be written for paracetamol tablet that is mostly commonly sold as PARACET. It is easy for a common ...
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Alan Rosmadi yes, for purchase also we should do some market research to avoid counterfeit medicine or we will be in own digged well. Lianne Marie Victoria Laruan not only having knowledge on counterfeit but we can't identify physically but it can be done by testing at government lab by the hospital to ensure all limits are in ...
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I'd say that we all have to be wary not just of counterfeit drug but those that are below the standard. As the article mentioned, even if the drug is manufactured by a company with regulatory approvals, sometimes the drugs manufactured are below the standards, are contaminated, or may contain much less of the active ingredient, especially if the drug is from unknown companies. Regulatory agencies like the FDA should tighten measures to avoid these counterfeit and substandard drugs from reach...
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Consuming counterfeit drugs can be deadly. It is as simple as digging your own grave. Our society needs to know that there are reasons why some drugs and expensive and there are reasons why its is made difficult to obtain. Some drugs are are also packaged in a specific way, eg; to avoid direct contact from a light source, etc. Everything that is placed and shown on a packaging has a reason. Drugs that are sold suspiciously should probably be avoided even though it is just a paracetamol. No doubt...
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Now this is quite alarming to the consumers. Patients have become desperate to purchase affordable medications anywhere in the world but this is inhumane. How could other people ever make this fraudulent pills just to earn money and putting other peoples lives at risk? This is so unacceptable. What if those who manufacture fake pills get sick and let them consume what they have manufactured. In our hospital, we provide the option to our patients whether buy the medications outside and/or of cour...
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