How to Spot Fake Alaxan, Diatabs, Common Medicines, According to FDA

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The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday warned the public against buying counterfeit versions of popular painkillers and anti-diarrheals, citing their harmful effects.

Six over-the-counter medicines, which includes pain reliever Alaxan, antacid Kremil-S, and anti-diarrheal medicines Diatabs and Imodium, are among those flagged to have fake versions in the market.

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The public was also reminded to buy medicine only from FDA-licensed establishments to ensure quality and safety.

Here's the difference between authentic and counterfeit medicines, according to each product:

Alaxan

The capsule, knurling or ridge patterns along the surface, security marks, and print appearance are not comparable with the standard features of the registered product.

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Medicol

The capsule, knurling, security marks, and print appearance are not comparable with the standard features of the registered product.

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Buscopan

The appearance is not consistent with the original.

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Kremil-S

The knurling and print appearance are not comparable with the standard features of the registered product.

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Diatabs

The knurling, security marks, and print appearance are not comparable with the standard features of the registered product.

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Imodium

The blister pattern and embossed batch details are not comparable with the standard features of the registered product.

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