LinkPad: How Safe is Your Medicine Cabinet?

Counterfeit medicines threaten the health and safety of people around the world. As the threat continues to escalate, it’s no wonder that government regulators are starting to take notice. Today’s LinkPad looks at just how serious this trend has become, and what we can all do to stop it.

  • The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) launched a new campaign to raise awareness about the correlation between counterfeit goods and organized crime. Check out their video.
  • The Council on Foreign Relations calls for a global solution to help individual countries struggling to track counterfeit medicines on their own.
  • Japanese officials plan to step up their surveillance of websites selling counterfeit medicines as almost all non-prescription medicines will be made available online this year.

With each passing day, counterfeiters become more sophisticated in their methods of producing, marketing, and selling their fake medicines. It’s up to everyone—industry, government regulators, health care providers, and even patients—to work together to ensure the safety of every treatment that makes its way into our medicine cabinet.