Monday, March 4, 2024

Chamber of Pharmacies: How to identify if a drug is fake?

Pharmacists recommend checking the lot number, if it has an expiration date, or if the packaging has the same color and quality.

Good will | Drugs with fake alerts are Dobet 2%, Todex and Budecort

The president of the Chamber of the Pharmaceutical Industry (Cifar), Tito López, explained some aspects to determine if a drug is fake or not to verify the originality of the drug.

In that sense, he listed the steps to follow:

The packaging must have the same colors and quality as the previous purchases.

Lot number must be checked.

This must be verified if you have a sponsoring pharmacist.

It is necessary to confirm if the drug has an expiration date.

He emphasized that the drugs with fake alerts are three products: Dobet 2%, used for glaucoma and eye strain; Todex ophthalmic suspension and Budecort 1 mg, inhalation suspension, corresponding to lots 099981, 031942 and 023605, respectively.

“This is not the first time that a batch of fake medicines has emerged. “We are always working with the authorities to detect any kind of plague,” he added.

He said at the Circuito Onda La Superestación that the Venezuelan authorities should apply “a much more severe punishment for those who commit these crimes, because it is the patient’s health that is at stake.”

Health alert

This Thursday, December 7, 2023, the Ministry of Health issued a health alert for counterfeit products in the area of ​​ophthalmology and respiratory tract treatment.

In the document, he specified that the product owner Laboratorios LO Oftalmi, CA reported batches 099981, 031942 and 023605, respectively, which do not correspond to those manufactured by the company, so “they are fake products. “

Venezuelan authorities call on the population to buy medicines in authorized pharmaceutical establishments with proper health registration.

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