The Impact Of Fake Medicines Is Too Dangerous To Ignore

The Impact Of Fake Medicines Is Too Dangerous To Ignore
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one in ten medical products circulating in developing nations are subpar or fraudulent, with yearly sales of counterfeit medications estimated to be close to $83 billion. This shows how beautiful the business of quackery is. fake medicine but real money. Today's market is filled with fake medications that can hurt you or even kill you. Being a widely globalised issue, it can be challenging to trace the origins and destinations of counterfeit or subpar medications. The margin of selling fake medication is more than heroin, with heroin you are scared of the police, but here you aren't.

This problem is already there in Pakistan and will exacerbate quickly. The additional cost of these medications is brought on by ongoing medical conditions. Let's say a man is taking a fake medication for a life-threatening illness that either contains toxic ingredients or has no active pharmaceutical ingredients. As a result, the disease becomes more potent and man becomes resistant to effective treatments. Medication in high demand has the highest rate of counterfeiting. Lack of medicines presents an economic opportunity for those who manufacture counterfeit drugs. Crimes of producing and selling are typically only discovered after the suspect is arrested by police.

Although this problem is not new, we must pay attention to its potential effects on world health. These medications are packaged in a way that makes them appear original and can make a pharmacist look foolish. This is the link that needs to be broken. The right chemical is present in this drug, but not in the right amount. This has negative consequences that will cause death such as antimicrobial resistance. Drug-resistant germs like tuberculosis and malaria do not respect state lines, regardless of how affluent a country may be or how well-regulated the pharmaceutical industry may be. The global campaign against tuberculosis, malaria and other deadly diseases has several difficulties. One of them is counterfeit pharmaceuticals.

The consequences of medication are hard to swallow.  Public trust in healthcare systems, healthcare workers, pharmacists, and the federal agency in charge of drug regulation will decline. The obvious financial benefit is the cause of the sharp rise. There are ailments like erectile dysfunction, addiction, and weight loss. where people are embarrassed to follow medical advice. They learn shortcuts and search online portals. The new challenge to maintaining quality is online drug manufacture and distribution. By purchasing these medications at reduced costs and reselling them at higher prices, people are involved in this illegal, illegal activity. This seems like the cherry on the cake.

Laws are required in tracking medicine from production to sale which won't entertain personal interest. To end this, you need leadership. It must have a clearly defined method for identifying (fake medicine) that is the best, most practical, and long-lasting. Technology that should be utilised to examine holograms, color-shifting ink, codes, pictures, and dyes must be introduced by the anti-counterfeiting agency. These are the means through which we can tell the difference between the real thing and a fake. This organisation needs to implement barcodes and scanning codes that can be scanned and sent to the authority so that people can receive SMS confirmation of the authenticity of their medication.

To secure the supply chain, Pakistan must negotiate with the private sector. Where criminals can be punished severely and where they can identify, confiscate, forfeit, and destroy all medications.

In this situation, pharmacists are the game-changers who can guarantee the supply chain's integrity and safety. They must receive training that will enable them to recognise dishonest distributors, inspect all drug packages, and know what to do if they come across transactions for fake medications. The use of fake medications has a number of negative side effects, including treatment failure, problems with resistance, and toxicity, which will result in death. We need to educate all from pharmacists to patients. We must have an agency that counters these crimes, spreads awareness and promotes global health. The right steps will help us to eradicate this from its core.

The writer is a columnist and researcher who has previously worked with Pakistan Daily.