CNN Offers a Reminder About the Dangers of Counterfeits

CNN Offers a Reminder About the Dangers of Counterfeits

06.03.11 | By Kate Connors

CNN today ran a segment on the problem of counterfeit medicines.

It serves as a reminder that American patients currently enjoy peace of mind knowing that their prescription medicines are safe and effective, as determined by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and not counterfeit.

For good reason, the U.S. drug supply system is a closed system - this means that foreign medicines not approved by FDA are prohibited from entering the U.S. to help ensure that American patients are protected from the global counterfeit medicine threat.

Unfortunately, criminal networks around the world have become increasingly sophisticated and are taking advantage of millions of patients by selling cheap counterfeit drugs on Internet sites, many of which masquerade as legitimate pharmacies. Countless studies have shown that these rogue online pharmacy sites serve as a clearinghouse of unapproved and dangerous counterfeit drugs that unsuspecting consumers can often buy without a valid prescription.

Over the past few years, significant steps have been taken by the U.S. government, biopharmaceutical research companies and other health care stakeholders to help shield Americans from counterfeit medicines - but more must be done. America's biopharmaceutical research companies will continue to work with public and private partners in the fight against this growing epidemic to help protect the safety and integrity of our closed drug supply system.

For more information on the risks related to counterfeit medicines, click here.

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