How They Came to Be

11 10 2009

Here is a look at the supply chain of counterfeit drugs and how they are formed from the very beginning to the end. You can find more information from Safemedicines.

Cambridgeshire students campaign display of fake drugs

Cambridgeshire students campaign display of fake drugs

  • The Supply Chain Counterfeiting Activities
    Suppliers are responsible for providing raw materials, excipients (the inert substances found in a drug), active pharmaceutical ingredients and other components manufacturers use to create medical products. It is during this step that counterfeit ingredients can infiltrate a legitimate manufacturing facility.
    Manufacturers oversee drug formation and production and responsible for quality assurance and proper dosage and formulations. It is during this step that counterfeit ingredients can infiltrate a legitimate manufacturing facility.
    Warehousing & Distribution Vendors act as the intermediaries between the manufacturers and the drug acquisition sites. It is during this step that counterfeiting process takes place in one or more of the below forms:

     

    • Product diversion
    • Theft/diversion
    • Fraudulent labeling
    • Label switching
    • Illegal repackaging
    • Cutting legitimate products with counterfeit products

    Drug Acquisition Sites are the businesses and places where customers and patients can obtain the medications, such as traditional, mail order and online pharmacy stores, hospitals, physicians’ offices, hospice sites, retail outlets and long-term care providers. If the product provided by the vendor is counterfeit, then the pharmacist becomes one part of the chain in this harmful distribution. Healthcare practitioners, including pharmacists and physicians have been involved in drug diversion schemes and counterfeiting.
    Patients & Consumers Counterfeit drugs often find their way into U.S. homes via foreign online drug sellers, most of which are rogue. Consumers may purchase the counterfeit drugs directly from these overseas “online pharmacies” or from an affiliate operating domestically.
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