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Counterfeit medicines could contain placebos or poisons
21 July 2014: BBC Scotland investigated the counterfeit goods market and found that it is worth £10m a year. Speaking to BBC 2’s ‘Scotland 2014’, Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) spokesman Neal Patel focused on the dangers that counterfeit medicines pose to the individual. “The real danger is that you’ll get hold of either a placebo — and by that I mean something that doesn’t work — so it doesn’t treat a condition that could potentially be life threatening,” he said. “Or, more seriously, you might have a poison in there.” He added that counterfeit drugs often come into the UK from illegitimate websites and these medicines can contain class A drugs.
Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2014.20066131
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