In Social Media: Freda Lewis-Hall Discusses Counterfeit Drugs on ‘The Doctors’
Reprint from Pfizer World
Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer warns viewers of the popular syndicated talk show about the dangers of fake medicines.
Counterfeit drugs are health hazards and are hard to spot without testing in a lab. They often lack active pharmaceutical ingredients and may even contain other harmful ingredients, such as lead paint and poison.
On a segment on “The Doctors” titled “Counterfeit Drugs – Don’t Judge a Pill by Its Color,” Freda and John Clark, Chief Security Officer and Vice President of Global Security, uncover counterfeit drug operations, the risks they pose to patients, and tips for consumers to protect themselves when buying prescriptions online.
“Sometimes it is literally impossible to tell the difference unless you send them away to a laboratory to get them tested,” said Freda on the Nov. 6 episode. “Sometimes these counterfeits lack the active pharmaceutical ingredient; that’s the part of the medicine that makes it work. It can have the wrong amount in it or a different ingredient. So at best, it can make them ineffective, and at worst, it can make them deadly.”