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How fake drugs end up in our public health system (and how to spot them)

How fake drugs end up in our public health system (and how to spot them)

There have been plenty of previous posts about the poor regulation of supplements and herbal remedies, such as this one about the New York attorney general's actions against major retailers and the subsequent fall-out:

But has anything really improved?

Regulated pharmaceutical drugs are also a lucrative counterfeit market, particularly in less developed countries. Thankfully, 'Major drug companies, along with health practitioners, are working actively to detect counterfeits. That effort is increasingly underpinned by technologies that aim to ensure authenticity (for example, making it more difficult to fake packaging) and to indelibly track passage of a specific batch of medicines from the manufacturer through the warehouse and the dispensary to patients.'

Bruce Baer Arnold, Assistant Professor, School of Law, University of Canberra explains:


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Neil, see if you can access this script of the PBS Frontline program:


I can read the transcript and believe I saw (most) of the program aired in Australia a year or so ago. Disconcerting, isn't it...


Quite so. And I don't think it will get any better anytime soon, sorry to say.

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