According to the United States Food and Drug Administration, counterfeit medicine also known as fake medicine may be contaminated or contain the wrong or no active ingredient. Sometimes, fake medicine may contain the right active ingredient, but at the wrong dose which may expose you to over or under dosage.
Although Philippines Food and Drug Administration help protect the nation’s drug supply from the threat of counterfeits, there are times wherein fake medicine still enters the drug market. In connection to this, how will you distinguish a real medicine from a fake one? The following tips below will help you to identify the real from the fake one.
- Be vigilant about the medicine brands.
- Examine any pharmaceutical product from the price to the form.
- Let the price be a trigger point. (Especially if the price is too low)
- Checks labels and packaging.
- Discoloration of the pills.
FDA is highly recommending that consumers must buy from drugstores licensed by them and ask for official receipts to avoid encountering counterfeit medicine. Consumers may call the FDA at 857-1939 for complaints on products and services.
Reference: Philippine Daily Inquirer. (2011, November 23). FDA gives tips on how to tell if drugs are fake. Retrieved from http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/98883/fda-gives-tips-on-how-to-tell-if-drugs-are-fake.