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Counterfeit Drug Links

Food and Drug Administration - Combating Counterfeit Drugs
http://www.fda.gov/counterfeit

Provides tips and tools on how to avoid purchasing counterfeit drugs through pharmacies and online services, how to spot counterfeit drugs, and how to properly report and dispose of these medicines.

California State Board of Pharmacy - What You Should Know Before Buying Drugs From Foreign Countries or Over the Internet
http://www.pharmacy.ca.gov/publications/canadian_drug_brochure.pdf

Cautions consumers about potential risks and dangers of buying prescription medication over the internet or from foreign countries, and warns that even if the source is a valid pharmacy, certain precautions are needed to ensure health and well-being.

AARP - How to Avoid Unsafe Drugs and Dubious Sellers
http://www.aarp.org/bulletin/prescription/a2004-08-02-rxcanada.html

Lists the twelve things consumers should look for when purchasing prescription medicine over the internet to ensure medicines are coming from a valid pharmacy.

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America - How to Avoid Unsafe Drugs and Dubious Sellers
http://www.phrma.org/safety/

Helps consumers learn about the risks involved with imported drugs, drugs sold through the internet and counterfeit drugs, as well as safe alternatives to drug importation for patients in need.

Partnership for Safe Medicines - Educating the public, policymakers, and healthcare professionals about counterfeit drugs
http://www.safemedicines.org

A definitive resource for news about counterfeit incidents and materials for consumers, policymakers, and healthcare professionals about the dangers of counterfeit drugs

 

Media Coverage

From China to Panama, a Trail of Poisoned Medicine
New York Times
May 6, 2007
By Walt Bogdanich and Jake Hooker
The kidneys fail first. Then the central nervous system begins to misfire...the syrupy poison, diethylene glycol, is an indispensable part of the modern world, an industrial solvent and prime ingredient in some antifreeze. It is also a killer. And the deaths, if not intentional, are often no accident. Full article.

FDA issues online counterfeit drug warning
Fox News
May 1, 2007
By Sara Bonisteel
The Food and Drug Administration warned consumers Monday about the dangers of buying prescription drugs online after 24 related Web sites were found to be possibly distributing counterfeit medications.

Abuse of prescription drugs surges across globe
MSNBC
February 28, 2007
By the Associated Press
Abuse of prescription drugs is about to exceed the use of illicit street narcotics worldwide, and the shift has spawned a lethal new trade in counterfeit painkillers, sedatives and other medicines potent enough to kill, a global watchdog warned. Full article.

Is your medicine dangerous to your health?
Parade Magazine
February 18, 2007
By Tom Zoellner
Some call it the most perfect crime in medicine: Buy some empty gelatin capsules, fill them with worthless powder, print up a phony label and sell them to a drug wholesaler who has no scruples or just chooses to look the other way. Full article.

New survey finds counterfeit products cost global economy billions
Voice of America
February 8, 2007
By Lisa Schlein
Buying a fake Gucci bag or a $25 Rolex watch won't kill anyone. But, buying counterfeit medicine can cause serious disability and even death as Robert Mallett, senior vice president of the pharmaceutical firm Pfizer explains. Full article.

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