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Fake medication hurts patients

Written by David Pinkney-Atkinson.

Globally there is a massive rise in the number of fake medication being sold to consumers. Legitimate drugs conform to rigorous safety standards during testing, manufacturing, storage, and sale. Fake medications do not follow these same stringent guidelines, and more often than not they are made in garages warehouses and shacks. South Africa is very fortunate to be the continental leader in medicine safety led by the statuary Medicines Control Council (MCCZA) Fake medications can harm, in many cases build up resistance to the real drugs effects. Legitimate drugs contain active ingredient at precise doses that help them work for you. Fake drugs often contain no active ingredients, and in some cases extremely dangerous substances like; rat poison, anti-freeze, and boric acid.

It is possible to trace real medication right back to their source. With fake medication it is impossible to trace their origins. The fake medication might look attractive to you the consumer, but his is a false sense of well-being. Sure you do not need to go through the hassle of getting a prescription or the embarrassment, and not to mention the cost saving benefits. Nearly 50% of all medication bought over the internet is fake in the cases where no physical address is given. These fake medications are sold from street vendors, websites, and even pharmacies to both rich and poor.

Only buy your medication from licensed and legitimate places. Spread the word to your family and friends about the dangers of fake medications. Report any suspected fake medication or sellers to your nearest authorities in South Africa The Medicines Control Council immediately.

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