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Sales of stolen, counterfeit and out of date pharmaceuticals came to between NIS 100 million and NIS 130 million in 2007, pharmaceutical manufacturers belonging to the Manufacturers Association of Israel said yesterday. The drugs were for human as well as veterinary use. The companies noted that medicines were stolen from 20 pharmaceutical warehouses and pharmacies during the year, and that some of the booty probably reached the public. One fear is that stolen drugs are not stored properly while in the thieves' hands.

To protect yourself and loved ones from counterfeit, useless or even harmful medications, the drug companies recommend that consumers purchase prescription drugs in pharmacies only, that they look for the manufacturers' or exporters' details on the package and also make sure the package itself is intact before buying.