L.E.A.D.E.R.’s Guide For Pharmacists

L.E.A.D.E.R.’s Guide For Pharmacists

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The World Health Organization estimates that as much as 10 percent of medicines sold worldwide are counterfeit.  In today’s global environment, we are faced with a dangerous problem when these potentially unsafe products move through the drug supply chain.

As pharmacists, you know counterfeit drugs cheat consumers, deny patients the therapies that can alleviate suffering and save lives, as well as can actively harm patients’ health.

It is important for all pharmacists to be aware of the dangers of counterfeit drugs, as well as be able to recognize and help prevent counterfeit drugs from reaching patients.

The Partnership for Safe Medicines encourages pharmacists to take an active role in helping to protect the supply chain and protect their customers from counterfeit drugs. Here are six steps for becoming a L.E.A.D.E.R. in the fight to protect patient safety.

Learn about contraband and counterfeit drugs.
Discover the extent of counterfeit drugs and why they are an illicit public health threat with information from the SafeMeds Email Alert System, SafeMeds Weekly Update, and SafeMeds News Archive.

Educate customers.  Help your customers safeguard their health, avoid counterfeit drugs, save money, and buy drugs safely online with consumer educational materials from the Partnership for Safe Medicines.

Avoid unsafe medicines and vendors.  Learn the simple steps of S.A.F.E. Sourcing to get authentic drugs from legitimate sources with professional educational materials from the Partnership for Safe Medicines

Decline suspicious offers.  Learn how to evaluate unsolicited sales offers and recognize the warning signs of a suspicious offer with professional educational materials from the Partnership for Safe Medicines.

Evaluate your medicines. Learn how to detect potential counterfeit drugs by evaluating the products, packaging, and labeling of the drug products you stock with professional educational materials from the Partnership for Safe Medicines.

Report counterfeit drugs and suspicious vendors.  Help stop counterfeit drugs by reporting suspected
counterfeit medicines and suspicious vendors to the proper authorities.

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