Spotting Counterfeit Drugs: Survey and Tips for Consumers

A recent survey by NCPIE member, the National Consumers League (NCL), shows that many consumers don't know how to tell if a drug is real or counterfeit. Consumers also need advice to help them purchase drugs safely online. Among the key findings: four percent of respondents said they had purchased a drug they suspected was counterfeit; nearly a third of those who thought they may have purchased counterfeit drugs failed to report their suspicions to anyone; 76% of those reporting that they have purchased drugs online favor the idea of state government agencies providing a list of legitimate pharmacy web sites.