It’s the week to get educated and conscious against counterfeit medicines. (Photo from Food and Drug Administration Facebook Page)
Every third week of November, National Consciousness Week Against Counterfeit Medicines is celebrated to raise awareness to the public about the dangers of counterfeit medicines.
Counterfeit medicines can be medicines with the correct ingredients but provided in incorrect amounts, thus affecting its effectiveness and safety to the user. It can also refer to medicinal products with deliberate incorrect labeling; lack of trademark, trade name, or identification or imprint, and unauthorized repackagingto name a few as wellas those unregistered imported products being sold.
The Food and Drug Administration leads the fight against counterfeit medicines by providing heavy penalties and sanctions to people and establishments found selling and manufacturing said products.