What are they?

3 10 2009

In the McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine, counterfeit drugs are defined as, “formulations sold or marketed as if it were a particular proprietary substance produced by a particular manufacturer with specified ingredients, which it may or may not, in fact, contain.”

Basically counterfeit drugs are homemade fake drugs that are being sold under the product name without proper endorsement. These also include products without the active ingredient or with the active ingredient, but not enough of it, or they could include the wrong active ingredient, or have fake packaging. These are the different characteristics of counterfeit drugs. There is a big difference between non-registered drugs and those that are registered and the classification of whether they are “counterfeit” or not. A medicine that is not registered, but available in a particular country is not a counterfeit, but just simply an unregistered product. Counterfeit drugs were initially noticed in 1968 in Nigeria.

Most commonly forged drugs include:

  • Antibiotics
  • Antimalarias
  • Hormones
  • Antiviral
  • Anticancer
  • Steroids

http://apps.who.int/medicinedocs/es/d/Jwhozip16e/8.3.html

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