Fake drugs and their risks

Taking counterfeit drugs can lead to severe harm or even death.

Risks to your health—and wallet

Counterfeit drugs are fake copies of real, legitimate medicines. They often look identical to the real things—the same size, shape, and color.

Counterfeit drugs are a global problem

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that close to $83 billion worth of counterfeit drugs are sold annually, and one in 10 medical products circulating in developing countries are substandard or fake.