Counterfeit Prescription Medicines Flood The Market

@pyewacket (44036)
United States
September 15, 2008 8:22pm CST
It is estimated that 30 percent of prescription medications, even those that one may get at one's trusted pharmacist may be counterfeit. It is becoming a multi-billion dollar industry. The problem lies as you can imagine is that the ingredients in the counterfeit prescription medications aren't the same as the true medication and the results can often be fatal since many of these counterfeit medications contain toxic substances. The real problem lies is that pharmacist can't always distinguish the real vs. the counterfeit medications as they look identical down to the imprinted name of the drug company and the imprinted numbers on medications--the only way they can tell is to do a chemical analysis The worse offenders are the on-line pharmacies where one can often get so-called prescription drugs without even needing a doctor's prescription...the reason people turn to these on-line pharmacies is that the medications are often sold at a fraction of the cost, but it is estimated that one out of three medications are counterfeit Here's an excerpt from an article I found about this...it also has a great video to watch [i]The World Health Organization estimates that one in three drugs on the worldwide market today is counterfeit. Sometimes the fake drugs contain toxic substances -- chemicals that can kill. "We've seen boric acid, we've seen heavy metals, we've seen road paint, we've also seen floor wax to coat the pills and give them a shine," said Ford. "Obviously, they are detrimental to anyone's health." And the counterfeit are often produced in awful conditions, lacking sanitation or any type of procedure to keep the drugs safe. Kevin Fagan knows all too well the damage counterfeit drugs can do. His son, Tim, took critical prescription medication after he had a liver transplant. But every time he took a dose, his pain grew worse. After two months, the Fagans found out that the drug they had purchased at their local pharmacy was counterfeit. Fake packaging disguised the fact that the pills contained 20 times less of the drug than Tim's required dose. "My son was just wracked in extreme body cramps throughout his whole body," recalls Kevin Fagan. "He couldn't move his arms, his legs, his entire body was just racked in pain and my wife and I were absolutely frantic with worry." [/i] Here is the link to this article/video http://abcnews.go.com/TheLaw/Story?id=5796287&page=1 So gee how nice...we the consumers not only have to worry whether our medications may have detrimental and serious side affects, but they might be counterfeit as well, making them either useless, ineffective or downright dangerous due to possible toxic ingredients. So next time you're taking a prescription medicine, one that you've trusted a long time and it just "doesn't" work anymore, maybe it's counterfeit {Warning: Link is not a referral link, but link to the article I'm quoting here}
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@anniepa (27240)
• United States
17 Sep 08
OMG, I was running out of things to worry about so thanks so much for helping me out here, Pye...lol! I'm sorry, I really shouldn't make light of this at all. I always knew buying prescriptions online would be a very stupid and dangerous thing to do but I never had a clue that those I get from my local pharmacy, where I've been going for years, could also be counterfeit. This is beyond frightening because what can we do to ensure our own safety here? It's certainly bad enough to take a medication you desperately need only to discover it didn't contain the ingredients that make it work but to know it could also have toxic chemicals in it??? Thanks so much for bringing this to our attention. I know I will pay close attention from now on and if I even think I'm having some kind of new side-effect or that any of the meds I take aren't working as they have in the past I'll hightail it right down to my local CVS and as a bunch of questions and ask for it to be analyzed, if possible. In fact, the next time I go into the pharmacy I'm going to talk to the pharmacist about this and HOPE he can say something to make me feel better! Annie
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
17 Sep 08
Yikes I just thought of something else and worse...LOL. I just hope some "A" hole doesn't get the idea to make counterfeit medications designed for pets..at least we can tell a person if something is wrong...a pet can't
16 Sep 08
Hi pye, I think is disgusting even our medizine is not safe for us and we trust our medication for our illness so if this is happening what are we going to do but die?, I usually go to my doctor and get my pricription for my asthma inhalers and that is all I have, so far it has been ok for me. I just hope something about this should been. Bright Blessings Tamara
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
17 Sep 08
I'm lucky that I really don't take any medications..I feel sorry though for people that really do rely on medications and now have to worry if their meds are real or not
@winterose (39917)
• Canada
16 Sep 08
Good lord what next, it is getting that we do not know where to turn anymore. The food we eat is iffy and so is the medication and the water that we drink. I wonder how we survived even this long.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
17 Sep 08
LOL--it is a wonder we've survived this long
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
16 Sep 08
Hey pye, That was a very disturbing article for me to read right before I had to take my 4 night time pills! Now I'm wondering if I am being poisoned! That is really scary! I take 8 pills a day! How the hell do I know what the pharmacy is now putting in those little amber bottles! It could be anything and I wouldn't know! This is an outrage and what is being done about it? Apparently not a whole lot. This has been going on for quite some time and we are only being told about it now. How many people will have to lose their lives before the government or someone will step in to take over and find out who the hell is doing this? I have to be scared everytime I have to take a pill that is supposed to be helping me lower my blood pressure or my cholesterol or keep me from going off the deep end into a serious depression or panic attack! I will have a panic attack just wondering if my panic attack meds are what they are! OMFG! Will this never end? I'm going to go and take something for my headache! Oh, no I hope it's something for my headache.........
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
16 Sep 08
wow now this is something else what else are we have to worry about most pills carry the side effects that if all that happened to a person would kill them not they have conterfit ones!? gezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
17 Sep 08
As the saying goes....if it's not one thing to worry about it's another, right?
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
17 Sep 08
right I am just not going to worry about it. feel better that way!
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• United States
16 Sep 08
For the past month or so my emails have been flooded with spam from online Canadian medication sites. I do not know how or why I got on their mailing lists (my email address is not even listed on the To section of the email). I have never bought any medication on line because I do not think they would be safe...now I have to worry about what comes from our local pharmacies! Thanks for sharing this link.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
17 Sep 08
Well I don't why I keep getting spam emails either and usually about Viagra..uh, duh? I'm female I don't think I need Viagra..LOL
@GardenGerty (105224)
• United States
16 Sep 08
I feel fortunate to very seldom require prescriptions. I am sure my OTC vitamins might be suspect as well. I prefer to use food as my medicine. There are many things that you can eat that help you feel better without the extremes of the chemicals in prescriptions. I know, that is not really on topic, other than I just really am pleased to not have that health risk.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
17 Sep 08
I seldom need prescriptions either...most of the time I rely on my herbal supplements, vitamins, etc...Even though for instance I have allergy sinus problems I won't even take OTC medications except maybe nose drops.
• United States
16 Sep 08
I know a few people who send for their prescriptions. You often wonder if they are truly legit. Thanks for the heads up. Many people don't realize that it is risky to use online or mail order for their prescriptions.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
17 Sep 08
I would never think of getting any kind of prescription on-line, no matter how much money it would save me.
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