Thursday, October 30, 2008

Economic Downturn Means Counterfeit Medications Likely to Increase

As the economies around the globe continue to teeter and decline, it seems apparent that those same dynamics will trigger an increase in the criminal enterprises that deal in counterfeit medications.

This next year, we anticipate a sharp increase in reported instances of counterfeit pharmaceuticals discovered within the pharmaceutical supply chain.

“All of the economics drivers that are driving the economy down, give counterfeiters the perfect environment to flourish, “stated Alan Clock, Senior Vice President at XStream Systems. “Consumers and healthcare providers that are looking for cheaper medications often look outside of the secure sources and can easily fall prey to unscrupulous suppliers who may be selling counterfeit or adulterated medications.”

As consumers look for value in purchasing medications, it is important to buy products from established, licensed drug stores. Only buy products on-line that are affiliated with a national chain drug store or licensed pharmacy benefit organization.

Most importantly, remember, if it sounds too good to be true…it probably is. Let the buyer beware, especially when you are buying your medications in a troubled economy.

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