Monday, June 15, 2009

Stopping Counterfeit Drugs with New Technology

The problem of fake or counterfeit drugs is widespread throughout the world and is the source of many health related problems. One of these problems is that the benefit of the drug is not realized and the underlying medical conditions are not treated properly. For example, a fake ciprofloxacin sold in Africa was found to contain nothing but baby powder. Some counterfeit drugs that are weakened will allow bacterias to overcome the antibiotic and thereby become resistant to full-strength anti-biotics. New technology is coming into play that will help detect fake drugs. Read more about this worldwide problem in "Stopping Fake Meds in the Third World", American Enterprise Institute, May 29, 2009.

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