The evaluation and analysis of counterfeit pharmaceuticals within Jordan

Al-Qatamin, S. (2012) The evaluation and analysis of counterfeit pharmaceuticals within Jordan. Unpublished PhD Thesis. Coventry: Coventry University

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The objective of this study was to evaluate the status of the counterfeit pharmaceuticals in Jordan. Four types of pharmaceuticals Lipitor (Atorvastatin-calcium), Concor (bisoprolol fumarate), Co-Diovan (Valsartan, hydrochlorothiazide) and Plavix (clopidogrel) were subjected to physical and chemical analysis. 173 samples of these four medicines were collected from the three most populated cities in the country, namely Amman, the capital of Jordan, Zarqa and Irbid. A sample of confiscated counterfeited medicines was obtained from the health authorities and tested utilising the HPLC and dissolution testing, in order to validate the reliability of the testing procedures. Samples were then tested using High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) and dissolution tests in order to assess the quality of these samples. Results of both chemical and physical analyses revealed that all samples were found to fall within the specification limits of United States Pharmacopoeia (USP) and no evidence was found of any counterfeit drug products in the samples examined. Since this study found no indication of a drug counterfeiting problem in Jordan, the researcher has concluded that there seemed to be two contributing factors to this result: first, the very effective legislative campaigns conducted by the health authorities’ in Jordan against counterfeit trade through new public health and pharmacy law which has been launched in 2008. Second, the rigorous tough enforcement measures conducted by health and law enforcement agencies in the country.


Item TypeThesis (PhD)
TitleThe evaluation and analysis of counterfeit pharmaceuticals within Jordan
AuthorsAl-Qatamin, S.
Uncontrolled Keywordspharmaceuticals, medicine, counterfeit medicines, counterfeit drugs, Jordan
Library of Congress
Subject Headings
Drugs -- Analysis
Counterfeit drugs
Departments Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Additional InformationSome materials have been removed from this thesis due to third party copyright. Pages where material has been removed are clearly marked in the electronic version. The unabridged version of the thesis can be viewed at the Lanchester Library, Coventry University.
Deposited on 24-Feb-2014 in Research - Coventry.
Last modified on 13-May-2016