Lately, the number of counterfeit prescription drugs seems to have exploded in the United States. These drugs are nothing new, but the seemingly large increase in schedule II opiate medications is new.
Many years ago, when erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs such as Viagra and Cialis hit the US market, big money was made on counterfeit versions of them, and big money was spent by legitimate manufacturers to try to stop the counterfeiting. The counterfeit drugs were typically made overseas in unsanitary conditions, and the packaging was produced in China.
The indicia on the pharmaceuticals and the packaging were extremely difficult to detect as counterfeit. I attended training with security personnel from legitimate manufacturers in which we were asked to identify counterfeit pills and packaging when they were presented next to legitimate products. The only reason we occasionally chose correctly is that we had a 50/50 chance! Counterfeit products could be identified only by laboratory analysis. [Read more…]