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THE PHARMA REVIEW (MAY - JUNE 2013)

The Menace of Spurious Drugs

Medikonduri Usha Sree, Lewis Shaila & Anantha Naik N

Introduction:
The first and foremost issue in relation to handling procurement of drugs is that it cannot be treated as any other item of commerce or commodity of day to day use. Drugs are two edged weapon, which can both cure or kill. Right use of right drug in right dose at right time through right route of administration to the right patient can save precious life, whereas, a substandard drug product, be it misbranded, adulterated or spurious, may not only fail in giving any relief to the patient but may be toxic too, lead to new complications and fatal effects. History of medicine is full of such misadventures and it is the disasters from medicines that lead to stringent regulatory measures in form of Drugs Act. As long as this vital difference between drug and other commodities is not fully appreciated and Pharmacists are not solely involved in all aspects relating to drugs and pharmaceuticals any attempt to curb the menace shall remain futile and dangers posed by spurious drugs on public health shall loom large.

 

 

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