‘Superbug’ Threat from Counterfeit Antibiotics Jul . 3 . 2014
As mentioned in a recent blog post, medications obtained through online pharmacies are at a high risk for including counterfeit ingredients. Last month, an investigative report by Bloomberg, revealed that antibiotics now rank among the ‘most counterfeited medicines in the world.’ As a result, physicians around the globe may start to see an increase in antibiotic-resistant infections, otherwise known as ‘Superbugs.’
Due in large part to the prevalence of unverified online pharmacies, these counterfeit antibiotics are causing a ‘global epidemic,’ both in undeveloped and developed parts of the world, including the United States. An alarming statistic for physicians to share with their patients is that in a recent NABP survey of more than 10,000 Internet drug outlets, “97% were found to be out of compliance with pharmacy laws and practice standards established in the US to protect public health.” NABP has developed the Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites (VIPPS) program to aide consumers in the US in locating accredited online pharmacies, and physicians can be a part of the solution by making sure their patients are knowledgeable about where to fulfill their prescriptions.
Likened to the gravity of climate change, the antibiotic resistant threat is being recognized by governments, industry, and society worldwide. Patients and physicians alike have a role in the solution. Together, we can become informed and make decisions for the health of ourselves and our community.
This post was sourced, in part, by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), and Bloomgerg News. Information for this blog post has been obtained with permission by the author of the original article, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. For more information about NABP, please visit http://www.nabp.net