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Discovery & Development Analytical Science

Finding Fakes

Produced and sold with the intent to deceptively represent origin, authenticity or effectiveness, counterfeit drugs are products that contain no active ingredient, inappropriate quantities of active ingredients or other ingredients that are not found in the genuine product. Estimates suggest that the global counterfeit drug market sits somewhere between $75 and $200 billion and represents 10 – 50 percent of all drugs sold in some low-income countries (1).

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About the Author

Ravi Kalyanaraman

Ravi Kalyanaraman, Ph.D., is Associate Director at Bristol Myers Squibb. Varsha Ganesh, M.S., is Associate Scientist at Bristol Myers Squibb, New Brunswick, New Jersey.

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