(BRUSSELS, Belgium) - The European Parliament has approved a measure to help safeguard patients against the sale of fake drugs, which make up an estimated one percent of medicine sales each year in Europe.
The directive would help implement new safety features on packaging and new tools to monitor Internet-based pharmacies and counterfeiting.
Governments of the European Union are expected to implement the new laws within two years, after the council has had time to look over the law and make amendments.
Medical experts say fake medications have the potential to be deadly, either because they don't work to cure conditions or they contain harmful substances.
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