Written by acer Wednesday, 29 June 2011 13:39
“Counterfeit medicines are a danger to all patients since these kind of medicines kill. Anti-counterfeit is not the sole responsibility of any one of all manufacturers, distributors, purchasers, regulatory authorities, custom, police and others in the country. More than before there is an urgent need for all of these to collaborate with their counterparts in neighboring countries in and around the region”.
Speaking at the 6th regional counterfeit conference held in Nairobi on the 29th June 2011, the representative of pharmacy and poisons board, Kenya Mr Jayesh Pandit, said that every counterfeit medicine is equivalent to a live bullet in the wrong hands and this should be controlled as much as possible so as to avoid the deadly consequences on our patients and maintain safe and correct supply of medicines in our pharmacies.
Counterfeit medicines can include too much, too little or none of the active ingredients that they should have. Some counterfeit medicines have been found to contain potentially dangerous substances including pesticides, heavy metals, chalk, leaded highway paint, printer ink and arsenic. Fake medicines can and do cause serious harm to patients, which can sometimes lead to death.
Whenever you go to a pharmacy to purchase any kind of medicine ensure that the pharmacy is a renown one and genuinely registered and always insist on a well labeled receipt of all the medicines bought for any future reference.
Your health is your responsibility guard it with your life.
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