Is the drugstore safe? Counterfeit diabetes products on the shelves

J Diabetes Sci Technol. 2009 Nov 1;3(6):1516-20. doi: 10.1177/193229680900300634.


It is no longer possible to identify counterfeit medical products, including medications and devices, by simply checking packaging and labeling. Improvements in technology have made it cheaper and easier to produce fake packaging and labels, making it nearly impossible for consumers and authorities to detect counterfeits without conducting tests on the products themselves, as illustrated by the sale of over one million counterfeit blood glucose test strips sold to unsuspecting U.S. consumers at drugstores in more than 35 states and in other countries around the world in the fall of 2006. The pricier the drugs, the more counterfeiters seek to mimic them to maximize returns, victimizing those patients at highest risk who rely on life-saving medications.

MeSH terms

  • Community Pharmacy Services / economics
  • Community Pharmacy Services / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Consumer Product Safety / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Diabetes Mellitus / drug therapy*
  • Diabetes Mellitus / economics
  • Drug Industry / economics
  • Drug Industry / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Drug Labeling
  • Drug Packaging
  • Fraud / economics
  • Fraud / prevention & control*
  • Health Policy
  • Humans
  • Hypoglycemic Agents / adverse effects
  • Hypoglycemic Agents / economics
  • Hypoglycemic Agents / therapeutic use*
  • International Cooperation
  • Internet / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Legislation, Drug* / economics
  • Risk Assessment


  • Hypoglycemic Agents