It’s a sad truth today that even regular consumers are not able to differentiate fake medications from the real ones. What’s worse? Even medical professionals are unable to spot the difference easily or check the authenticity of medicines, at least not without a chemical analysis.
An overwhelming amount of manufacturers have succeeded in copying almost every physical aspect of the medication to make it seem like it is the most genuine. Packaging, tablet shape, vial shape and size, and coloring these aspects can be and have been copied.
As a consumer, here are things you can do to ensure authenticity of your medicines:
- check the authenticity of medicine. If your red pill suddenly got a number stamped in middle where there was none previously, make sure to check it out with your doctor and pharmacist first before consuming it.
- Take note of the medications’ effectiveness when compared to the previous times you have consumed it.
- Try and procure medications only from trusted sources. Don’t fall prey to scams on the internet that offer medication without prescription and/or very low prices. We at PharmEasy only deliver medicines on orders with valid prescriptions.
- Be cautious of relatively cheap drugs. Medications are manufactured in comparatively the same manner; hence, changes in pricing of one brand could greatly affect all other pharmaceutical companies. Obviously this isn’t something a medication brand will do out of the blue.
While the above guidelines can go a long way in reducing the risk of buying counterfeit medication, remember that the only definite way to know if your medicine is original or not is through chemical analysis.
The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) is now considering the introduction of a barcode system to check the authenticity of medicines that are imported into the country as well as manufactured here in India. If implemented, this system can keep at bay all types of counterfeit and fake medicines.