Counterfeit medicines and Duties of hospital pharmacists
1.Counterfeit medicines are nothing but fake medicines that are prepared with an intention to make huge profits and deceptively representing its authenticity, efficacy and origin by deceiving people and truly damaging public's health.(1)
2.Counterfeit medicines are the pharmaceutical products that may not contain the ingredients that are mentioned on the containers, the ingredients present in these type of medications may be harmful ,they action of the medication varies within the body during the phase of absorption and it may also contain fake packaging and labeling.(2)
3.These medicines are mislabeled deliberately to deceive people and these medicines comes under the category of pharma fraud. They are illegal and are harmful to health.(2)
4.The counterfeit medicine may contain a wrong medication or right one(but not in required quantities), insufficient active ingredients or no active ingredient ,may contain adulterants, substituents , harmful additives, sometimes hazardous and completely misrepresented and they are sold with a fake (unoriginal brand name).The increase of the counterfeit drugs in the market is quite baffling and it accounts for 10% of the global market.(3)
5.Counterfeit medicines can be treated as the brain child for the people who really want to make huge profits for their fame at the cost of people's health.(3)
1.The hospital pharmacists are the pharmacy technicians who are trained in clinical and community pharmacy aspects and they render their service to people and they are usually found in premises of hospitals. (4)
2.They have a major role in fighting against these counterfeit medicines. (4)
3.They must always keep an eye watch regarding the medicines and their transport .they must investigate all the aspects like labeling, packaging, ingredients by evaluating a sample from each batch. They must be very careful while delivering them to the pharmacies. If in case they find any illegal medicines they must immediately inform it to the higher authorities. (4)
4.They must be aware of these medicines and must create required awareness among the public .It is necessary
as a pharmacist to protect the public health and therefore they must conduct health campaigns and must elucidate the adverse effects of these counterfeit medicines and they must explain the signs of identifying the counterfeit medicines. (4)
The 5 main duties of hospital pharmacists to get rid of counterfeit medicines are:
1.Always buy the medicines from a
reliable source so that the chance of being affected by these counterfeit medicines can be reduced. (5)
2.If any one finds that any illegal activity is going on in your near by area such suspected cases must be reported to drug regulatory authorities. (5)
3.They must ensure traceability for better medication.
4.Sufficient campaigns andhealth education at patient levels.
5.Ensuring the safety of medicines that are provided to patients. (5)
1.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Counterfeit_medications(accessed on 12:00 a.m,28/11/11)
2.http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs275/en/(accessed on 12:00 a.m,28/11/11)
3.http://www.ias.ac.in/currsci/apr252006/1054.pdf(accessed on 12:00 a.m,28/11/11)
4.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hospital_pharmacy(accessed on 12:00 a.m,28/11/11)
5.http://www.fip.org/files/fip/HospPharmCountMedLuc.pdf(accessed on 12:00 a.m,28/11/11)
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