1st Edition

Trends in Counterfeit Drugs

Edited By Kelly M. Elkins Copyright 2023
    278 Pages 66 Color & 23 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    278 Pages 66 Color & 23 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Counterfeit drugs continue to infiltrate the drug market in the United States, causing illness and death. This book addresses this issue and examines the recent trends in drug counterfeiting over the past 5-10 years. The text shows perspectives from crime lab and toxicology lab personnel and academic researchers, and includes topics such as a history of cases and issues with counterfeit drugs, trends observed in forensic labs, instrumental methods and approaches used in detecting counterfeit medicines, and policy approaches for controlling counterfeit drugs. There is a focus on ways to reduce counterfeit drugs in the market, to help improve the health and safety of people all over the world.

    Features :

    • Focuses on recent (5-10) year trends in counterfeit drugs and analysis.
    • Shows perspectives from crime lab and toxicology lab personnel and academic researchers.
    • Focuses on drugs seized by law enforcement and approaches to reducing counterfeit medicine in the market.
    • Discusses the detection and analysis of counterfeit drugs, and appropriate tools for combating this issue.
    • Emphasizes the global impact of illegal medicines.

    Chapter 1 Introduction to Counterfeit Drugs by Mark Witkowski, Adam Lanzarotta, Cheryl L. Flurer

    Chapter 2 History and Overview of Counterfeit Drugs Cases by Haley Fallang

    Chapter 3 Fake Pharmaceuticals- Clandestine Tablets and Counterfeit Medicines by Theresa DeAngelo

    Chapter 4 Results from a Survey of Trends in Seized Counterfeit Drugs by Kelly M. Elkins

    Chapter 5 Fentanyl Adulteration of Drugs and Seizure Trends by Kelly M. Elkins and Haley Fallang

    Chapter 6 Detection and Analysis of Counterfeit Drugs by Brooke W. Kammrath, Pauline E. Leary, and Richard A. Crocombe

    Chapter 7 Trends in Counterfeit Drugs and Toxicology by Kelly M. Elkins

    Chapter 8 Analytical Tools for Examining Counterfeit Drug Products by Adam Lanzarotta, Mark Witkowski, Nicola Ranieri, Douglas Albright, Lianji Jin, and Martin Kimani 

    Chapter 9 Coordinated Response to Poisonings and Fatalities from Counterfeit Tablets by Nikolas P. Lemos

    Chapter 10 Laws and Procedures to Counter the Problem of Counterfeit Drugs by Kirby B. Drake


    Dr. Kelly Elkins

    Dr. Kelly Elkins is the author and editor of several books including Introduction to Forensic Chemistry, Forensic DNA Biology: A Laboratory Manual, Next Generation Sequencing in Forensic Science: A Primer, and International Ethics in Chemistry: Developing Common Values Across Cultures. Dr. Elkins is a Professor of Chemistry at Towson University and the author more than 45 papers and invited book chapters on her research. Her work has been published the Journal of Forensic Sciences, Analytical Biochemistry, Drug Testing and Analysis, and Medicine, Science and the Law. She is also one of the three founding editors of the Journal of Forensic Science Education. She has taught courses in forensic chemistry and forensic biology under various course numbers at four colleges and universities since 2006. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, a member of the American Chemical Society, and a member of the Council of Forensic Science Educators and served as its President in 2012. She consults on forensic cases.