Volume 88 Issue 1 | pp. 27-29
Issue Date: January 4, 2010

Fake Pharmaceuticals

Those fighting against counterfeit medicines face increasingly sophisticated adversaries
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: counterfeit drugs, Viagra, pharmaceuticals

Of the chemicals he uncovered in various counterfeit malaria pills, Facundo M. Fernandez did not expect to find sildenafil, the active ingredient in the drug Viagra. He also didn’t expect to find the antibiotic erythromycin; one of the building blocks for making the street drug ecstasy; or metamizole, a powerful analgesic that is banned in the U.S. because it is suspected of causing serious bone marrow disorders. Yet the Georgia Institute of Technology chemist, . . .

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