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US and Europe At Risk from Substandard Medicines

When most of us look at taking a new medicine we tend to think it will make us better. Some of us may think about possible side effects but few of us expect the medicines we take to actually be dangerous. Recently, the public and policymakers have become more aware of the issue of counterfeit medicines — especially as patients increasingly learn about how to shop safely online for pharmaceuticals. But scant attention has been paid to a safety issue that is also important to patients — the problem of substandard medicines. Read more »