How to Spot Counterfeit Ventolin

How to recognise fake Ventolin

The manufacture of low quality and counterfeit medicine is a grossly underestimated issue that has affected third world countries for decades. In recent years though, this problem has reared its head even in developed nations, including the UK.

Fake medicines play a major role in escalated mortality and morbidity, and cause people to lose confidence in established health structures and prescriptions. All indicators suggest that this issue seems to be on the rise. It is made all the more worse due to a lack of coordinated resistance from governments, pharmaceutical companies and international bodies.

Unfortunately for asthma sufferers, Ventolin is one of those medications for which irrefutable evidence exists about its counterfeit manufacture: the most prominent case was that of Glaxo (now GlaxoSmithKline) in 1989. The pharmaceutical giant, along with the British Department of Health, came under criticism for not publicly disclosing the discovery of counterfeit Glaxo Ventolin inhalers. The manufacturer was compelled to open up about the discovery after it was reported by The Times, and had to send warning letters to around 14,000 pharmacies all over Great Britain to mitigate the damage.

There is no definite rule for determining whether the medicine you’ve purchased is genuine or not, other than the fact that it won’t have the intended alleviating effect on your condition. For an asthmatic, this means that they won’t experience a palpable relief from their symptoms i.e. coughing, wheezing, chest constriction, etc. If patients take the medicine before exercising, it may not be able to prevent an exercise induced asthma episode, or may do so very unsatisfactorily. In fact, they may even experience symptoms that are entirely unrelated to their condition.

Being punctual about your appointments and discussing the state of your asthma with your doctor is the only reliable way of finding out whether your medication is having the right effect on you or not. This, in turn, is the only way of discovering the exact reason behind the medicine’s failure i.e. under-prescription, wrong diagnosis or even counterfeit medication.

Buying Ventolin online

The people who are most at risk of being sold fake asthma medication are those who shop for it online. Lured by the discount deals being offered at apparently trustworthy online stores, these asthmatics are duped into buying fake medicine that could lead to a worsening of their condition and might even be fatal. If you buy your medicines online, it is essential that you do so from a pharmacy that bears recognised certifications such as those from Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). These badges should be clearly displayed on the site.

It is always a good idea to ask your doctor about reliable online drug stores before purchasing from one. Asthma patients who deal with persistent symptoms by increasing their dosage without consulting their doctor are putting their health in jeopardy. Many patients might order and consume more Ventolin from the same online health store – not knowing that it could be fake and as useless as the medication they were consuming earlier.