Is the Pharmacy Near You Selling Counterfeit Drugs?

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The FDA has just issued a press release warning consumers who had prescriptions filled at two different “The Medicine Shoppe” pharmacies located in Baltimore (8035A Liberty Road and 5900 Reisterstown Road) that they could’ve received either counterfeit or expired drugs. Since some of the drugs in question are used to treat very serious conditions, the FDA is extremely concerned. There is currently no evidence that there are any problems with prescriptions filled at any other “The Medicine Shoppe” pharmacy locations.

Are any of These in Your Medicine Chest?

The following medications, if obtained from either of the above pharmacies, should be discarded:
* Lisinopril (20 milligrams)
* Guaifenesin/Dextromethorphan (600 mg and 1000 mg)
* Gabapentin (100 mg, 300 mg and 400 mg)
* Metoprolol (50 mg)
* Nifedipine (30 mg)
* Diclofenac Sodium (30 mg)
* Glucophage (500 mg Extended Release)
* Glucovance (125 mg and 500 mg)
* Glipizide/Metformin (2.50 mg/250 mg)
* Furosemide (20 mg)
* Tamoxifen Citrate (10 mg)
* Metformin HCl ER (500 mg)
* Calcitrol (0.25 micrograms)

Could This be Just the Tip of the Iceberg?
Obviously, while the FDA is currently issuing warnings concerning just two particular pharmacies, these kinds of problems are often like cockroaches. There is more hiding in the walls for everyone in plain sight. Stories like this are a painful reminder that it often is not any safer to use prescription medicines obtained from a pharmacy than drugs bought on the street.

Taking medicine should not be like playing a game of Russian roulette. Unfortunately, incidents like this only serve to clarify the fact that people who are medication-free do not have to spend sleepless nights worrying about whether or not their prescription medications are expired or counterfeit. Better still, they do not have to worry about whether or not counterfeit drugs will kill them.

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