Monday, January 09, 2006

More Fake Tamiflu Arrives ... But How Can Consumers Tell?
Another couple of shipments of fake Tamiflu have been intercepted coming into Chicago and New York. Without a doubt, this is only the tip of the iceberg that the US CBP have been able to catch. The problem, is: how can a consumer tell if they're getting the real thing or a fake? At $200 for 10 tablets online, and a panicked market - it's an target-rich environment for counterfeiters. There are some common-sense tips:
  • Make sure it has the right FDA label,
  • There is no such thing as "generic" Tamiflu,
  • Buy only from VIPPS online pharmacies,
  • Be suspicious if the text is in a foreign language (it could be a diverted product, if not a fake).
  • It should look like this.
In the long run, however, a more reliable and consumer-friendly method is needed for allowing patients to authenticate the products they buy.
This is a situation where YottaMark's solution is more effective, and easier for consumers than any of the above methods.