Illegal 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.