The controversy over “counterfeit” drugs


One of the biggest hurdles to stemming the global tide of counterfeit medicines is disagreement over the term itself, which drug companies are accused of hijacking for commercial rather than public health reasons.  There is no dispute over the dangers that fake medicines pose. Often containing few or no active ingredients, they are typically ineffective – and are sometimes actively harmful. Some contain enough of an active ingredient to affect a disease but not enough to eliminate it, contributing to the growth of drug-resistance. Read more

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