Contraband counterfeit drugs are impotent in healing.
The evil triangle of the smuggler, the customs and the pharmacy owner, basically instrumental in the availability of counterfeit drugs, deserves elimination. Prosecution of the pharmacist is futile.
Are unregistered drugs counterfeit? Doctors are unaware of unregistered drugs. They prescribe medically recognised brand name drugs enumerated in the orthodox drug indexes such as the B.N.F, C.I.M.S, M.I.M.S, Drug Today, Martindales E.P. and all other acknowledged drug indexes.
If a prescribed brand drug is not in the local formulary of registered drugs, the patient has to obtain it from abroad. He has recourse to the Drug Authority, who issues him a personal license to import specified doses. Thereafter, the patient seeks the aid of pharmacists and pharmacies for quick procurements.
The following are widely prescribed unregistered drugs, which are used in clinical practice for therapy: Diazoxide, Bupropion, Sitigliptin, Vidagliptin, Pedicloryl, Sucralfate, Acaimprosate, Riluzole Entacapone, Misoprostal, Vigabatrim Amantadine, Sotalol.
In Sri Lanka, many of the overt registered drugs made there covert debut as unregistered drugs.