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    The Top 4 Medication Errors Your Patients are Making

    The problems your patients have—what you can do about it.


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    3. Not being aware of counterfeit drugs

    The problem

    Counterfeit drugs are a real and dangerous problem. WHO estimates that in developed countries, the incidence of counterfeit drugs is less than 1%, but, 1% can still be a large amount of medications. A Pfizer-sponsored study found that western Europeans spend more than $14 billion every year on illegally sourced drugs, many of them counterfeit. Most counterfeit drugs are purchased over the internet, but they can occasionally make their way into hospital and community pharmacies.

    A large number of patients (54%) reported that they do not check if their medications are counterfeit, which can expose them to risk.

    What you can do

    You already do everything to make sure that the medicines you are dispensing are safe and effective, so let your patients know that. Many counterfeit drugs come from unsafe sources like the internet. Help those in your community know what to look for when buying medication. Let them know that you are a source for safe medication and information.

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