Bang the Drum
Pharma companies have been raising awareness for years, but patients continue to buy counterfeit medicines online
Stephanie Sutton | | Quick Read
This article was published in our sister publication, The Small Molecule Manufacturer, which celebrates the field of small molecule drug development and manufacturing with interviews and articles focusing on success stories, equipment, and new processing techniques.
A recent study claims that up to 60 percent of search engine results for the antibiotic Bactrim (trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole) led to dubious websites and potentially counterfeit medicines (1). Even without the study, people connected to the pharma industry are well aware of the countless websites selling what should be prescription-only medicines. Both small molecule drugs and biologics are affected, but the former typically come in convenient tablet form, making them easier to replicate and more accessible to consumers.
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