CBS: American Markets Flooded with Counterfeit Drugs

CBS News reported on its website that the “US is being deluged with counterfeit prescription drugs, and that’s putting Americans' health at risk.” According to Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s report on CBS 60 Minutes, fake versions of drugs are hard to distinguish from the real drug. Notably, the “drugs are often sold via rogue websites that offer the drugs at steep discounts from the usual prices,” and over thirty-six million Americans purchased drugs from sites like these. CBS noted that counterfeit “version of drugs made by Pfizer have made their way to pharmacies and hospitals in at least 46 countries, including England, Canada, and the US.” On the program, FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg indicated that about 80 Americans died in 2008 due to the use of counterfeit heparin