Priya Shetty explores the tools and partnerships that help the public health community counter the threat of counterfeit medicines.
Counterfeiting is as old as industrialisation. For as long as the idea of intellectual property or branding has existed, counterfeiters have schemed to cheaply mimic products for profit.
Far from being merely a nuisance, counterfeit medicines can cause serious illness and even death.
“In Thailand, the term “counterfeiting” in the Drug Act covers any medicinal products which fail to meet the standard amount by over 20% and/or have not been registered with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).” Extract: Bangkok Post