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Dominica Issues Counterfeit Warning

The Caribbean island of Dominica has issued a warning to residents to be on the alert for fake drugs.

The Caribbean island of Dominica has issued a warning to residents to be on the alert for fake drugs.

The country is undergoing workshops to raise awareness among law enforcers to the threat of fake medication. Chief Medicial Officer David Johnson said that “fake drugs, manufactured by bogus foreign companies, which most times have no active ingredients, are being brought into the island by unauthorized persons,” reported the Dominica News.

“In many cases, counterfeit medicines are manufactured in… laboratories with no possibility of control. They are not produced under the same manufacturing conditions and they are not inspected by any regulatory authorities. It is therefore almost impossible for consumers to know what ingredients these products actually contain,” he said.

He called on customs, police and legal practitioners to join forces with health care officials to create legislation to protect the general public against counterfeit medicines. He noted that Dominica, as part of the global community, will be subject to this problem and needs to protect its citizens.

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