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 Consumer Education: Counterfeit Medicine

Counterfeit medicine is fake medicine. It may be contaminated or contain the wrong or no active ingredient. Educating consumers about the risks of counterfeit medicine is an important part in the effort to stop counterfeits from entering the United States' drug supply.

The following materials will help you be more aware of ways to identify the risk of counterfeit medicine and to minimize the chance of receiving fake products.

To obtain printed copies of any of these materials, please email your request by title to: dpapubs@fda.hhs.gov. You can also call 301-796-3703 or 1-888-INFO-FDA.

The following links are are text documents. You can also view the graphic versions (if available) by going to the "All Graphics and Other Media" page.

For more information about counterfeit medicines, please visit the FDA page, “Combating Counterfeit Drugs” at: www.fda.gov/counterfeit.

For related topics, see the FDA Web sites:
"Importing Prescription  Drugs" at: www.fda.gov/importeddrugs

"Buying Medicines and Medical Products Online" at http://www.fda.gov/oc/buyonline/default.htm.

“Consumer Education: Generic Drugs” at www.fda.gov/cder/consumerinfo/generic_text.htm
“Office of Generic Drugs” at www.fda.gov/cder/ogd

All graphics and other media on Counterfeit Medicine

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Date created: September 10, 2004; updated April 1, 2008

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