From Saturday, all prescription medicines must carry a barcode. Photograph: iStock

Anti-tampering devices have been fitted to all prescription medicines sold in Ireland and other EU states as part of new measures against falsified me(...)

In Ireland, almost one million counterfeit or sub-standard medicines were seized in 2017. Of these, 47 per cent were anabolic steroids, 23 per cent were sedatives and 13 per cent were medicines for erectile dysfunction. Photograph: iStock

Most of us would never consider the possibility that the medicines we take might be fake or substandard, yet about 10 per cent of medicines worldwide (...)