How Many Drugs are Actually Counterfeit? What is Being Done?

counterfeit drugsCounterfeit drugs, which may contain no active ingredient, a wrong active ingredient or be contaminated, are a growing health threat in the United States and worldwide, says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Up to 10 percent of drugs worldwide are thought to be counterfeit, according to the FDA, while in some developing countries counterfeits may make up over 50 percent of the drug supply.

Increasingly, counterfeit drugs are being sold online, and the FDA recently issued a warning to consumers about 24 related Web sites that are reportedly selling counterfeit drugs. However, the Internet is not the only method used to sell counterfeits; fake drugs have also been obtained from reputable U.S. pharmacies.

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