Tracking System Needed To Combat Fake Drugs, Report Says

WASHINGTON (February 13, 2013)—A report from the Institute of Medicine says phony or substandard drugs are an increasing international threat, and one that is affecting the U.S. as well and calls for a tracking system to fight the problem.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned doctors last week for the third time in about a year that it discovered a counterfeit batch of the cancer drug Avastin that lacks the real tumor-killing ingredient.

Wednesday's report says mandatory drug tracking would offer the same kind of reliability for medications that the U.S. court system's chain-of-custody requirements do for evidence used in trials.

It would allow verification a drug and the ingredients used to make it are authentic at every step.


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