Healthcare professionals have a unique dual role in protecting patients from counterfeit drugs.
On one hand, they have the opportunity to spot therapeutic failure and talk to patients about how they fill their prescriptions. If patients themselves break the supply chain without realizing the risks, a healthcare professional can demonstrate the importance of buying medications from safe sources.
Healthcare professionals also often source medications for patients. It's not just pharmacists who need to know about safe sourcing, the Avastin incident teaches us that physicians need safe sourcing education too.
The Office of Criminal Investigations, the law enforcement arm of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, has provided this pamphlet to review warnings signs, prevention efforts and appropriate facilities response, as well as a warning about opioid abuse inside the medical community.