Tips to recognize Illegal or fake medicine products

medicamentos falsosIllegal or fake medicine products are available on the street and in some stores of dubious reputations. They are the work of an organized mafia that operates similarly to a drug cartel.

Do not buy medicine in places other than drugstores to avoid being sold imitations that show the following characteristics:

  • The package imprint is hard to read and blurry.
  • The drug’s commercial or generic name is not spelled correctly.
  • Occasionally the ® symbol is not visible above the product brand.
  • Manufacturer’s logo is flawed.
  • There is missing information such as the manufacturer’s address, product’s manufacture and expiration date, net content, batch number, precautions, warnings.
  • Packaging colors are dull or have different tones, and the cardboard used is weaker than the one used in original products.
  • Capsules or tablets that usually come in a blister are sold in plastic bottles.
  • Indications should be in Spanish or have a translation into an additional language. If they’re only in English, for example, it’s an illegal product.


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