WHO Bottling Up the Menace Of Counterfeit Drugs

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WHO Bottling Up the Menace Of Counterfeit Drugs

At Markem-Imaje, we realize those in the pharmaceutical industry are keenly aware of the problem of counterfeit drugs. While measures have been taken to protect the safety and health of patients and others around the world, the counterfeit drug market is still booming. According to a recent article, the WHO (World Health Organization) is pushing hard to bottle up the 'menace,' and blames the issue at least partly on a lack of appropriate drug legislation and enforcement, a lack of political commitment, and sanctions or punishment on criminals who market counterfeit drugs that aren't tough enough, and allow the counterfeit pharmaceuticals market to continue to thrive. A Malaysian news source claims that counterfeit drugs is an issue that has been increasing in recent years, especially in Malaysia. A 2014 report from the Emerging Markets Health Network claimed that in Malaysia, more than 5% of OTC medicines were fake, or counterfeit. Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer found that in 2006, nearly 5% of the company's prescription medications sold in Malaysia were fake. In 2005, 5% of prescription medications sold in Malaysia were counterfeit, according to the Pharmaceutical Association of Malaysia. Around the globe, counterfeit drugs result in many serious issues. Patients who need legitimate medications for certain diseases, conditions, or even to live may not get them. Allergic reactions are a concern as well. Considering the sky-high cost of many prescription drugs and demand, people may take bigger risks when it comes to their medicine needs, purchasing them from sources that may not be trustworthy such as online prescription websites. Ultimately, it is up to manufacturers and legislatures to get the counterfeit drug problem under control. Manufacturers must implement measures to ensure their products are secure, and global standards must be staunchly supported in order to manage the issue not only domestically, but around the world. At Markem-Imaje, we provide the equipment to ensure quality, reliable labeling of pharmaceuticals and other consumer goods. Our industrial coding and marking solutions allow for indelible printing of ingredients, nutrition information, best-by dates, barcodes, and more. Count on Markem-Imaje for real solutions to your biggest problems.

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