Fake Pharmaceutical Drugs
Most of people nowadays are dependent on pharmaceutical drugs or synthetic drugging though these chemical-based drugs damps large chemical residues and toxins on vital internal parts of our human bodies like the liver. Moreover, these chemical-based drugs doesn’t even cure the illnesses they intended to cure or heal but only relocated the disease and just stop the symptoms and reappear as a new illness in a form of side effects, which brings the ill patient into endless illnesses. The worse is they are even costly or expensive, giving the disease-inflicted person double dose of misery. How so very painful to be treated with such drugs.
And since they are chemically made, this could be the reason they are easy to be “fake”. For recent reports of the Department of Health that there are counterfeit drugs proliferating on the pharmacies of the following Philippine “hotspot” provinces, namely:
10. Nueva Ecija
Thus, doctors and pharmaceutical experts in the Philippines created and launched the very first National Consciousness Week Against Fake Medicines last November 15,2010 to warn and bring awareness to the buying public about this alarming “world phenomenon”. For this counterfeiting activity do not only happens in the Philippines but also around the world wherein the main sources of counterfeiting drugs, as the reports says comes from China, India, and Pakistan wherein the profits is estimated $75 billion worldwide.
According to Philippine doctors and pharmaceutical experts, 10 percent of the drugs available in the Philippine Drug Market are believed and said to be counterfeit or fake. Thus, they are launching a public campaign regarding this issue and the strong enforcement of Republic Act No.82303 or the Special Law on Counterfeit Drugs that punishes sellers of counterfeit medicines with imprisonment of six years and a fine of at least 100,000 pesos.
The Advise so far of the experts is only to look for the Rx symbol and expiration date and its significant very low price. But these do not suffice because; Rx symbol, expiration date and high to level pricing of drugs can be faked too.
Actually, this proliferation of fake pharmaceutical drugs is already in the Philippines since the time the Philippine trade markets on other countries like the US which has also some fake pharmaceutical drugs which was alleged imported here in the Philippines without the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) approval.
“We get back to RA 8203 (Special law on counterfeit drugs). It says there that any preparation not registered with the FDA, it is considered counterfeit. We have a lot of medicines that are not registered with FDA and therefore they are counterfeit.” —Philippine Pharmacists Association
Fake or counterfeit medicines according to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Philippine Pharmacists Association “are drugs sold under a product name without proper authorization.” In short, a fake drug is drug that may look genuine and have brand names but its availability in the public is not authorized and approved by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and by the Philippine Pharmacists Association.
However, I have my own advice to avoid being victimized by counterfeit medicine:
Educate yourself about your own illness and look for effective natural and herbal medication first before this issue is solved. Natural medication is more safe and economical and educating oneself about one’s illness could help you recover easily without hassles because you already know what causes it and how it will be prevented in the future. Apply also this to your sick beloved. But in case of emergency, of course go already to the nearest hospital in your area.