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.

KWTX-TV News 10 6700 American Plaza Waco, Texas 76712 (254) 776-1330 Fax (254) 751-1088
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 191063331 -
Gray Television, Inc.