Crime and Punishment: Counterfeit drugs


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The pharmaceutical supply and distribution chain is increasing vulnerable to business and criminal abuses. On the micro level, there is a need to police abuse of prescription drugs through prescribing “pill mills.” On a macro level, counterfeit drugs jeopardize our ability to provide treatment to critical ill persons. On Jul 12, 2012, the FDA issued letters to 19 practices in the US about the possibility that they had distributed counterfeit Avastin, a cancer drug, compromising the efficacy of chemotherapy. According to the FDA: