Congressional Briefing: The Human Impact of Counterfeit Drugs As the recent seizure of more than 8,000 counterfeit pills labeled as “harmless generic medicine” at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport demonstrates, Americans are not immune from the dangers of counterfeit drugs. This is a global public health threat that is gaining increasing national attention from the media (60…[...]
Many “online pharmacies” are not pharmacies at all – they are large criminal organizations that make money by selling fake drugs with little or no active ingredient. They are widely advertised through email spam and have convincing sounding names like “Trusted Pharmacy Co, UK.” But they are not real pharmacies accredited by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, nor their products regulated by the FDA. These criminal enterprises usually reside in countries with little ability to enforce fraud and counterfeiting laws.
To provide insights into this important public health matter, the Partnership for Safe Medicines and Senator Chris Coons hosted a briefing for members of Congress and their staff at the US Capitol Visitors Center. You can watch the briefing below by pressing play, or watching it on YouTube.[...]
Tom Kubic at the Congressional briefing on March 30, 2011. See all the photos. Counterfeit drugs – like the 20,000 pills seized last month by U.S. Customs official at Kennedy Airport in New York – defraud consumers and deny patients therapies that can alleviate suffering and save lives. Unfortunately, in some cases, these drugs have caused great…[...]