Giving patients fake drugs is as good as not treating them at all. For patients with life-threatening but treatable diseases, these fake drugs may be a death sentence.
Marlton, NJ (PRWEB) March 12, 2013
Fake prescription drugs have been blamed for nearly 100,000 deaths each year worldwide, according to a July 17, 2012 article on CNN. The FDA has issued repeated warnings about counterfeit drugs, which contain little or no active ingredients as well as potentially toxic fillers, and the risk they pose to patients throughout the United States. Though the Institute of Medicine recommended enacting more stringent policies to protect citizens from accidentally obtaining counterfeit drugs as recently as February 2013, many Americans are still unaware of the dangerous substances that could already be infiltrating their medicine cabinets. With nearly 20 years of experience practicing personal injury law, Richard P. Console of Console & Hollawell is uniquely qualified to investigate the impact that the counterfeit drug crisis has on the health and safety of every American family.
“The 100,000 people killed each year by counterfeit drugs are someone’s children, someone’s parents, someone’s spouses, someone’s siblings or cousins or best friends – and, yes, it happens in the United States. Giving patients fake drugs is as good as not treating them at all. For patients with life-threatening but treatable diseases, these fake drugs may be a death sentence. If anything, counterfeit medications have the potential to make patients even sicker, exposing them to toxic filler chemicals such as arsenic, antifreeze, and carcinogens.”
Console discusses the dangers associated with inauthentic medications, some of which have been deadly in recent years, in his latest article, “These Aren’t the Drugs You’re Looking For: Counterfeit Meds in America.” Console examines the difference between the placebo effect and dangerous fake medicines and explores the reasons these counterfeits are now being produced so widely that they account for an estimated 10 percent of all medications on the global market.