Counterfeit Drugs: Coming to a Pharmacy Near You

The growing threat to world health from counterfeit drugs affects not only developing countries but is also increasingly putting the U.S. drug supply at risk, according to Wyatt Yankus of the American Council on Science and Health. “Globally, controlling counterfeiting will require the emergence of adequate regulatory and quality-control regimes in developing countries, reduced corruption, a crackdown on counterfeiting operations in nations where its production is prevalent and stronger penalties for convicted counterfeiters,” writes Yankus. The United States must “increase security features and develop electronic track-and-trace capability as quickly as possible while increasing oversight and regulation of the secondary wholesale market.” Yankus also concludes that Americans must “realize the danger posed by counterfeiting and take it into account when considering such practices as drug importation and buying drugs online.”

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