Nurses join the fight against counterfeit medication

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) teamed up with the Fight the Fakes campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of counterfeit medicines, according to an article published in the American Journal of Nursing. The ICN expressed concern that when patients receive fake medicine, they can lose faith in healthcare professionals. The council hopes that awareness about the problem will pressure governments, medicine manufacturers and distributors to tackle the issue on a global level. Hospital officials and nurses should encourage patients to look for any oddities in the medication packaging, tell healthcare professionals what effect a medical product had on them, where they got the medical product and alert them if they suspect they received counterfeit medication. Article