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.
materials will help you be more aware of ways to identify the risk
of counterfeit medicine and to minimize the chance of receiving fake
To obtain printed copies of any of these materials, please email your request
by title to: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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”
For related topics, see the FDA Web sites:
"Importing Prescription Drugs" at:
"Buying Medicines and Medical Products Online" at http://www.fda.gov/oc/buyonline/default.htm.
“Consumer Education: Generic Drugs” at
“Office of Generic Drugs” at
and other media on Counterfeit Medicine
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Date created: September 10, 2004; updated April 1, 2008