Counterfeit Medicine

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Counterfeit medicine is fake medicine. It may be contaminated or contain the wrong or no active ingredient. Counterfeit drugs are illegal and may be harmful to your health. Dr. Edward Hill looks at counterfeit medications in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Counterfeit medicines are manufactured using incorrect or harmful ingredients. These medicines are then packaged and labeled to look like real brand-name and generic drugs. Counterfeit medicines are unsafe because they may not be effective or may even harm you.

Counterfeiting occurs throughout the world. An estimated 10 to 30 percent of medicines sold in developing countries are counterfeit. In the industrialized world, including the United States, estimates suggest that less than 1 percent of medicines sold are counterfeit.

It is difficult for patients to tell just by looking at a medication, or its packaging, that the product is counterfeit. Pay attention to your medicine and talk to your pharmacist if your medication is:

Different in shape, color, taste, smell or feel

Packaged differently, or

Does not produce the expected results.

Be careful when ordering medications on the Internet. Buy only medications from pharmacy Web sites that post the Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites symbol from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.