Counterfeit medicines and the unregulated market for drugs.

Research paper by Hamid H Ghodse

Indexed on: 25 Nov '20Published on: 01 Jul '08Published in: International psychiatry : bulletin of the Board of International Affairs of the Royal College of Psychiatrists


The unregulated market for medicines has evolved in different ways and exists in different forms in different parts of the world. Given this wide variation, the phrase 'unregulated market for drugs' is commonly used in a generic sense and encompasses the sale of medicines that have been licitly manufactured but diverted from legitimate sales routes as well as the illicit manufacture and sale of (counterfeit) pharmaceuticals. Also within this unregulated environment, prescription-only drugs are sold (illegally) without prescription.