Stay Vigilant!

You may have done all that you can to establish that the website you are buying your medicines from is legitimate.  The important thing now is to check the medicine itself and to continue doing so.  We have produced a simple checklist to help you do just that.

No-one knows your medicine better than you do. Simple steps may help you avoid buying counterfeit medicines.

Check the packaging:

1. Familiarise yourself with every aspect of the packaging, the blister-pack (if there is one) and the medicine itself

2. Each time you renew your prescription, compare these aspects against your previous pack. You are looking for even the tiniest difference in clarity of print, colour, seals, etc

3. Check that the medicine is in date and that the dosage is correct. Check that it has a patient information leaflet in the correct language

If you notice any differences in appearance, report them to your pharmacist and your national regulator straight away (click here to see a list of national regulators).

Check the medicine:

1. Check carefully that it is consistent in colour and texture with your previous prescription

2. Does it crumble?

3. Does the colour differ from your normal medicine?

4. Does it smell or taste different?

Think about keeping a diary of effects/side effects. If your medicine does not seem to be working as normal or if you notice new (or absent) side effects, you must report these to your doctor.

If you think you have received a falsified medicine, please report this to your doctor (for a replacement) and your national Drug Regulatory Authority.  If you you don't know how to find your DRA, then please follow this link for a comprehensive list of DRA websites around the world (where available).






News from ASOP EU

New scientific article aims to help simplify fake medicine terminology

4 Apr 2017

A new in depth analysis of the evolution of the descriptions applied to falsified, counterfeit and fake medicines has just been published. It aims to help clarify and simplify this hitherto controversial area. With the number of increasing illegally operating websites selling medicines across the world clear and easy to understand descriptors which will help to make public awareness raising campaigns more effective.

ASOP EU member adopts top level domain name .pharmacy

23 Mar 2017

To help ensure absolute security and recognition of a genuine fully legal online seller of medicines, the web page of the European Association of Mail Service Pharmacies (EAMSP) recently became the first in Europe to switch its Top Level Domain to .pharmacy. 

EAASM and ASOP EU to be present at the 22nd Congress of the European Association Of Hospital Pharmacists 22-24 March 2017.

10 Mar 2017

Mike Isles will be speaking on “Falsified Medicines: The Role of the Pharmacist in Raising Patient Awareness.




ASOP EU Members


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