The fake medications manufacturing and sale rise greatly. According FDA research the number fake drugs sold online increases dramatically. About 15% of all drugs sold online are counterfeit. It was evaluated that medications produced and sold from Africa and Asia are fake in more than half of cases.
Medications distributed under a brand name without license and approbation of any authorized organ and containing other ingredients than in the brand product are fakes. Fakes may not contain the active ingredient at all, or may contain improper dose of the active ingredient. Sometimes fakes contain dangerous for health ingredients.
The technology from labels to active pharmaceutical components is accessible these days, so many fakes resemble brands and sometimes in no way inferior to the original. Unfortunately in most cases fakes are produced in inappropriate circumstances and may be dangerous for one’s health.
Online pharmacies offer fakes to consumers directly without face-to-face contact. Often drug fake pharmacies are located in India, China, Mexico, or Africa, where fakes of FDA-approved medications are produced in large quantities.
Many pharmaceutical companies make every effort to find out and stop fake sources. Innovative technologies including holograms, color-shifting inks, and other special packaging and printing techniques are designed to protect against counterfeiting.
Besides, the companies try to protect their consumers from dangers by educating them how to identify original products and recognize fakes.
Consumers are at risk when buying drugs online or in local pharmacies. To prevent the possibility to buy the fake medication the consumer should get the info about original medication and how it is supplied.