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Q: HOW DO WE DIFFERENTIATE THE AUTHENTIC PACK FROM THE COUNTERFEIT ONE ?
A: According to the World Health Organization, 35 per cent of the world's spurious drugs are produced in India. Still, it is difficult to determine the precise effect on health because the person consuming the drug does not know that it is counterfeit. Therefore, if there is no improvement, a patient usually thinks the diagnosis was wrong. He keeps consulting physicians and often ends up with a series of tests resulting in increased expenditure and mental agony. So, here's a checklist to differentiate the authentic pack from counterfeit ones.
Medicine pack should be properly sealed.
The symbol ® must follow the trade name
The active ingredient name (scientific name) must be spelled correctly.
The manufacturer's name and logo should be legible and correct.

AN AWARE CONSUMER IS A PROTECTED CONSUMER


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