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Counterfeit Drugs: Coming to a Pharmacy Near You
Yankus warns that counterfeit medicines pose a growing threat to consumer health, and that U.S. regulators and companies need to improve their efforts to protect the U.S. drug supply.
Even the U.S. drug supply, among the most secure in the world, is increasingly threatened by counterfeit or substandard drugs. The last few years have seen a rising number of cases of counterfeits turning up in neighborhood pharmacies, including fake versions of some of the nation's most popular drugs. The main point of entry for the counterfeits has been the "gray market," a loose and complex network of drug diverters and secondary wholesalers that makes it possible for distributors to introduce diverted and sometimes counterfeit drugs into the legitimate drug supply chain. The risk of counterfeits is even greater when individuals import drugs or purchase from unregulated online sites.
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