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The counterfeit drugs market

 

 - The counterfeit drugs market
Interview with Prof. Pierre Costa continued.


Is the market for counterfeits expanding?
 
"The market for counterfeiting medication is booming! To give you an idea: six times more fake medicines have been seized at borders in the space of two years!
 
In 2011, in the space of 2 months, 34 million fake medicines were seized! The market really is profitable. It's estimated that last year, global sales of counterfeit medication reached $75 billion."
 
What advice would you give?
"If you have to take medication of some form, here's my advice:
 
> You're better off paying the full price and buying real medication from the pharmacy. Your health and maybe your life are at stake.
 
> Always ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice if you have any doubts. If a particular medication seems suspicious (packaging, effectiveness, unusual side effects), you must report it.
 
> Never buy prescription medication if it hasn't been prescribed to you.
 
> Forget about the Internet when it comes to medicines."




  
  

Health and Fitness Editor
2012/07/24
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