Difficult to Detect

16 10 2009

False drugs are very difficult to detect. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that the only way one can know that a drug is counterfeit is if they do a drug analysis test. However, there are some ways one could detect a counterfeit drug without the use of a laboratory. Some indicators of a false drug include; if the pill breaks easily apart, has an odd taste, odor, or color, or if it is in poor packaging with misspelled words, or if the cost of it is tremendously low compared to the real drug price (CDC Counterfeit Drugs and Travel). One also needs to be cautious of emails and faxes promoting drugs.  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cannot regulate or detect everything, but the United States has a really high-quality regulatory system in getting rid of these drugs, but other countries don’t have a good system for detecting them or do not have a government that particularly pays attention to this dilemma.

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