Don't understate the dangers of counterfeit pharmaceuticals

by Maureen Perroni, on January 12, 2016

Screen_Shot_2016-01-11_at_4.15.48_PMMost of the time, when you buy a counterfeit consumer product, you'll be annoyed. The quality of the materials and the performance likely won't be up to the standards that you expect. You'll probably want your money back, and you might demand answers from the retailer that sold the product to you.

But most counterfeit consumer products won't affect your health the way that counterfeit pharmaceutical drugs might. The makers of fake drugs aren't just depriving legitimate manufacturers of revenue — they're also harming people.

Mark Davison, Principal Consultant & CEO at Blue Sphere Health, recently told Pharmaceutica Processing that counterfeit drugs can be more of a problem than many assume. These aren't like generic medicines, which are legal, regulated and must be as effective as brand-name medications. Counterfeiters deliberately attempt to deceive consumers by passing off medications that, in some cases, can be significantly different from the original product. On top of that, they may not even be properly sterilized.

Davison argues that many legitimate manufacturers have been slow to recognize the threat that counterfeiting poses to their product lines. "Don't assume that your products are immune," he told the news source.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has sought to stem the tide of counterfeiting through the use of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA), which created a nationwide "track and trace" system when it was enacted in 2013. Drug manufacturers seeking to comply must label their products with unique serial numbers.

It can be difficult for manufacturers to keep up with changing federal regulations, but preventing drug counterfeiting is worth the effort. Enterprise Labeling Solutions can help drug makers keep their labels in compliance on a large scale, with greater efficiency.

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