NHS European Office

New rules to protect patients from harmful counterfeit medicines

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From 1 July 2015, new EU rules will require online pharmacies to display a common logo to ensure the authenticity of the medicines they sell, to help protect patients from the possible harmful effects of falsified medicines.

Falsified medicines are fake medicines that pass themselves off as real, authorised medicine and which might contain ingredients which are of bad quality or in the wrong dose and, as such, are a major threat to public health

The new logo will link to the national regulatory authority’s website, where consumers can check if an online pharmacy is listed as an authorised retailer of a particular medicine, thus guaranteeing the safety of the product.

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