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Roger Bate, author of the new book, “Phake: The Deadly World of Falsified and Substandard Medicines,” has found some incredibly realistic -- and deadly -- fake medicines. Which are real and which ...

Roger Bate, author of the new book, “Phake: The Deadly World of Falsified and Substandard Medicines,” has found some incredibly realistic -- and deadly -- fake medicines. Which are real and which are phony? See if you can tell the difference.

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  • “Phake: The deadly world of falsified and substandard medicines”
  • Just four years ago, 149Americans died after usingcontaminated heparin, a blood-thinning drug. The discovery ofthe fake cancer drug Avastin inthree U.S. states in March andApril revived concerns over drugsafety in America. Since 80percent of American medicinescontain foreign ingredients, it iscritical to understand wheredangerous medicines come fromand how they traverse the globe.After seven years ofinvestigations, Roger Bate, authorof the new book, “Phake: TheDeadly World of Falsified andSubstandard Medicines,” hasfound some incredibly realisticfakes. Which are real and whichare phony? See if you can tell thedifference.
  • Spot the fake Thaitanzunate artesunateCan you figure out which box of this anti-malarial drug is real and which is fake?
  • Thaitanzunate artesunateIf you said yes,you’re wrong.There are nodistinctive marks totell real from fake.The only way toknow is to test thedrug itself with labequipment.“Phake: The deadly world of falsified andsubstandard medicines”
  • Spot the fake PlavixHeart medication taken by millions worldwide.
  • PlavixPlavix pills areengraved with thenumber ‘75’ onthem. The fake one,with shallowerindentation and asharper edge, is onthe left. The realone, which hasdeeper indentation,is on the right.“Phake: The deadly world of falsified andsubstandard medicines”
  • Spot the fakeWhat could be wrong with either of these boxes of Artesunat, an anti-malarial drug?
  • ArtesunatIt’s hard to tell in personbetween a real and fakehologram. But whenphotographed, the realhologram, like the one on thebottom, is much more colorfuland readable.“Phake: The deadly world of falsified andsubstandard medicines”
  • Spot the fake CiprofloxacinCiprofloxacin is a commonly used antibiotic.
  • CiprofloxacinIn this case, phonyCipro can only bedistinguished bythe lack of ahologram on theback side of thebox, as noted onthe bottom right.“Phake: The deadly world of falsifiedand substandard medicines”
  • Spot the fake ArtefanCompare the box of Artefan, an antimalarial drug, on the left against the one on theright. Which is real?
  • ArtefanA cruel trick. Thereis no way to knowthe differencebetween these twoboxes withouttesting the pillsinside.“Phake: The deadly world of falsifiedand substandard medicines”
  • Spot the fake PlavixPlavix is produced by Bristol-Meyers Squibb andSanofi Pharmaceuticals. Do you know whichdirections are accurate?
  • PlavixThere are actuallytwo clues here tothe real drug label.Notice thedifference incoloring and accentsin the text. Thedarker blue labelabove with accentedvowels is real. Thelighter blue withoutthe accents is fake.“Phake: The deadly world of falsified andsubstandard medicines”
  • Learn moreIn his new book, “Phake: TheDeadly World of Falsified andSubstandard Medicines,” RogerBate explores the undergroundtrade in illegal medicines that killsover 100,000 people per year andsupplants billions of dollars of realproducts. “Phake” is a fascinatingfirsthand account of this illegalindustry — unearthing a complexweb of criminal traders andcorrupt officials — and an incisiveacademic and policy analysis withpractical implications.