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THE PHARMA REVIEW (JULY - AUGUST 2010)

Counterfeit Medicines: A Growing Health Threat

Girdhari Lal Singal

Introduction
Problems related to the safety and quality of medicines exist in many places around the world today, not just limited to developing countries but in developed countries as well. Circulation of spurious drugs is of great concern to everybody, i.e., drug industry, regulators, medical profession and the general public. Some incidents have ended in tragedy, often with children as the victims. They are caused by the use of drugs containing toxic substances, or impurities, drugs whose claims have not been verified, drugs with unknown and severe adverse reaction, substandard preparation, or outright, fake and counterfeit medicines.

 

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