Counterfeit medicine and counterfeit medical services pose a clear and present danger to our society. While we have all heard of the opioid epidemic, many of us are not aware that a great deal of the morbidity and mortality within the opioid epidemic is caused by legal and illegal counterfeit medicine and counterfeit pain providers. According to the World Health Organization, global sales of counterfeit products in the pharmaceutical industry alone accounted for $431 billion in 2012. Counterfeit pharmaceuticals alone account for up to $200 billion in losses per year. Over the last few years, I have discussed this topic in detail and helped bring national attention to this “silent epidemic.” For the first time ever within an accredited CME conference, we will discuss solutions and technologies available TODAY that are aimed at fighting counterfeit medicine. (Recorded at PAINWeek 2018)
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