It's World Anti-Counterfeiting Day: Do you know where your drugs come from?

In recognition of World Anti-Counterfeiting Day and Men's Health Week, PSM has put together an infographic that describes the most likely health risks that medicine counterfeiters exploit in men. 

Counterfeit medicines are more common today than ever.  USA Today reports that U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized 200% more counterfeit pharmaceuticals in 2011, than they did in 2002.

Therese Randazzo, intellectual property rights director at U.S. Customs and Border Protection, warns "There's demand, and it's gotten easier and easier to copy (products) and to sell them over the internet. "

But recent counterfeit drug incidents have made it obvious that buying over the internet is not a guaranteed path to safety and savings.  The FDA announced in February, and again in April, that 89 US doctor's offices in 15 states purchased medication from a distributor known to have counterfeits, and on May 29, that counterfeit Adderall purchased over the internet contained instead of the therapeutic ingredients used to increase concentration in those suffereing from ADHD and narcolespy, tramadol and acetominophen, pain medications.  

But these are not the only risks that internet purchasers of medicines face.  Medications for heart disease, high blood pressure, depression, obesity, bacterial infection and viral infection are all among those found counterfeited and sold via the internet to unsuspecting patients.  Taking counterfeit medications purchased online have caused stroke, severe illness and even death.

Learn more about the risks of purchasing medication for cancer to diabetes to hair loss from sources outside the closed, secure drug supply chain.

By S. Imber


Want to get a summary of global counterfeit drug news emailed to you every week? Sign up for our email list!


USA vs

The 5 Secrets Canadian Web Pharmacies Don't Want You To Know
Learn the secrets!

Report Counterfeit and Black Market Medicines

Track & Trace legislation
President Obama signed into law, on November 27, 2013, legislation to enhance the safety of the drug supply chain, which has seen a number of incidents in recent years threaten American patients.   Learn more>>



Youtube  Follow Us on Twitter Like us on Facebook Flickr Delicious Stumble Upon Tumblr


Lucy's Weight Loss System Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Pink Bikini and Shorts on The Beach Dietary Supplements Due To Possible Undeclared Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (February 2)

counterfeit drug alerts to tweet Tweet this alert!

SAFEMEDICINES Counterfeit Incident Encyclopedia

counterfeit drug incident encyclopedia banner