NCPA and Chamber of Commerce fight drug counterfeiting

May 6, 2008

The National Community Pharmacists Association joins the United States Chamber of Commerce Global Intellectual Property Center to fight counterfeited and pirated prescription drugs.

The National Community Pharmacists Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are banding together to create an educational program about the dangers of counterfeited prescription drugs. NCPA and the Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center will work together to provide fact sheets, DVDs, and other materials to inform independent pharmacies about the impact of counterfeit drugs and ways to protect themselves from piracy via authorized dealers, quality assurance programs, and secure transactions. "Counterfeit products are entering the healthcare system not only via the black market and rogue Internet sites, but through legitimate supply chains as well," said Bruce Roberts, R.Ph., executive VP and CEO of NCPA. "Through this partnership with the Global Intellectual Property Center, we hope to better educate pharmacists in all practice settings regarding this dangerous trend."

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