Microbiological contamination in counterfeit and unapproved drugs

  title={Microbiological contamination in counterfeit and unapproved drugs},
  author={Dieter Pullirsch and Julie Bellemare and Andreas Hackl and Yvon-Louis Trottier and Andreas Mayrhofer and Heidemarie Schindl and Christine Taillon and Christian Gartner and Brigitte Hottowy and Gerhard Beck and Jacques Gagnon},
  booktitle={BMC Pharmacology and Toxicology},
Counterfeit and unapproved medicines are inherently dangerous and can cause patient injury due to ineffectiveness, chemical or biological contamination, or wrong dosage. Growth of the counterfeit medical market in developed countries is mainly attributable to life-style drugs, which are used in the treatment of non-life-threatening and non-painful conditions, such as slimming pills, cosmetic-related pharmaceuticals, and drugs for sexual enhancement. One of the main tasks of health authorities… CONTINUE READING
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