It’s time to verify your medicine!
The arising problem of fake and counterfeit medicines being circulated all over the globe, is now becoming a global issue of serious concern. As these fake medicines resembles to the original ones in terms of their packing, therefore, one cannot easily identify the difference between the two. Instead of curing the disease it may have adverse effect on your health and can prove out to be life threatening as well.
It's therefore important to get your medicines verified before it does more harm to you and the health of your nears and dears. Here are some of the ways to find out whether your medicines (tablets) are genuine or not.
1. Visual/Physical Inspection
Always examine your medicines. Possibly before buying them or using them, you must check out its packaging, ingredients or composition. In case you find any discrepancy as compared to the purchase done before, verify with the pharmacist or other authorities.
You should also confirm whether:
- The seal is tampered from any of the sides or not
- Difference in font style, colour, size or any misspelt word
- Difference in manufacturing date, expiry date or/and batch number on primary and secondary packaging
- Check whether the mentioned manufacturer address is the exact location of the company or merely the country address
- Registration number is properly printed or tampered with
- Differences in the physical appearance (colour uniformity, size, shape, consistency etc.) of the drug
- Organoleptic properties, if been using the medication
2. Mobile Authentication Service(MAM)
Your mobile is one of the most powerful weapon of yours for any instance. It can also help you in finding out whether your drugs are actually genuine or not.
How to avail the service?
MAM allows you to scratch a card placed on the package from the point of manufacture and message the code through SMS (Short Message Service). On scratching you’ll find some sort of codes (a 14 character code) which can be sent without any charge to 38353 (Sproxil), 38351 (Pharmasecure), 20966 (UBQ), 1393 (Goldkeys) etc., depending on the service chosen by manufacturer. In reply you get to know whether your medicine is genuine or not.
3. Source and Price
The source and price of the drug is one of the most important factor in investigating whether your drugs are fake or not. Filling your prescription in a reputable or known pharmacy reduces your chances of buying fake drugs from any illiterate or/and unqualified vendors who sell out drugs in buses, motor parks and in the streets. Also, if you find your drugs to be far cheap then expected price,then also it is a point of concern.
4. Uncommon Side Effects
Any sort of unusual side effects, allergic reactions, or worsening of your present medical condition after taking any medication may be a pointer for identifying a fake drug. The medication should be stopped at once if any of the above mentioned problems are noticed.
There are thousands and thousands of fake drugs being circulated in the market whose effects are still not known. They could go from mild to life threatening. So your safety and the safety of your loved ones is in right in your hand.
The above written article is not to misguide you or break your trust that you do on your pharmacist. It is just to help you manage your health issues in a constructible way along with saving your money and giving it a value that’s worth it.
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