Dermatologic Consequences of Substandard, Spurious, Falsely Labeled, Falsified, and Counterfeit Medications
Counterfeit drugs; Crime; Drug eruptions; Fraud; Pharmaceutical preparations; Substandard drugs
This article explores dermatologic consequences of substandard, spurious, falsely labeled, falsified, and counterfeit (SSFFC) pharmaceutical products. Many of these SSFFC products are neither safe nor effective, and are more likely to cause adverse events than the proper preparations. These products also affect the health of populations by generating drug-resistant pathogens and failing to control the spread of disease. This article reviews classification systems for fraudulent medications, provides a general overview of medical and public health problems associated with substandard medications, provides examples of dermatologic consequences of each category, and presents recommended steps to take when clinicians encounter suspected SSFFC products.
Schwartzman, Gabrielle H.; Dekker, Paige K.; Silverstein, Anna S.; Fontecilla, Natalia M.; and Norton, Scott A., "Dermatologic Consequences of Substandard, Spurious, Falsely Labeled, Falsified, and Counterfeit Medications" (2022). GW Authored Works. Paper 510.