Jamaica: concern over increasing fake medicines on black market

The Pharmaceutical Society of Jamaica (PSJ) says it is concerned about the sale of illicit and counterfeit medicines on the island. Local police have also raised an alarm about increasing fake medicines on the black market. Within this context, the PSJ has published best practices and tips for pharmacists, which include:
– Pharmacists are responsible for the integrity of the supply chain, ranging from manufacturers to distributors and, ultimately, to patients.
– They ensure medicines are purchased from known reliable sources.
– They warn patients about the dangers of purchasing medicines over the internet.
– They should inspect all medicine packages for any defects.
– They should destroy empty packages/containers to prevent re-use.
– They should report any suspicious, fake medicines through PharmWatch.

Source : www.jamaica-gleaner.com

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