Counterfeit pharmaceutical drugs are fraudulently produced or mislabeled medicines purchased by consumers who believe them to be genuine. These drugs can cause a range of serious health concerns. The fake pills may look identical to their genuine counterparts but may be incorrectly formulated and produced in sub-standard conditions. They are by definition not subject to the same regulatory scrutiny as legitimate medications. The drugs often have incorrect amounts of active ingredients, if those ingredients are present at all, and are illegal in developed countries.
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