[Ip-health] The FDA's 2005 definition of counterfeit drugs

James Love james.love at keionline.org
Fri Sep 3 15:06:44 PDT 2010

The FDA's 2005 definition of counterfeit drugs


U.S. law defines counterfeit drugs as those sold under a product name
without proper authorization, where the identity of the source of the
drug is knowingly and intentionally mislabeled in a way that suggests
that it is the authentic approved product. This definition can apply to
brand name, generic products, or the bulk ingredients used to make the
product. Counterfeit drugs under this definition may include products
without the active ingredient, with an insufficient quantity of the
active ingredient, with the wrong active ingredient, or with packaging
that falsely suggests the drug was manufactured by the FDA-approved
manufacturer. This definition depicts fraud toward the consumer
believing they are receiving the genuine FDA-approved product and does
not include products that are marketed as being similar to or a foreign
version of an approved drug. Those types of products are illegal and
referred to as “unapproved new drugs,” not counterfeit.

James Love, Director, Knowledge Ecology International
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