Archive for November 2006

Counterfeit drugs monitored

The Zambia Pharmaceutical Regulatory Authority is to spend over K300 million to procure mini drug testing kits. The funds will also be used to deploy Drug Control officers in border areas to avert counterfeit drugs from entering the country. Authority Acting Director Esnart Mwape said the officers will work with Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) officials…

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Fake medicines ‘a growing menace’

The European Union must put tougher measures in place to stamp out the growing problem of trading in counterfeit medicines, a report warns. Professor David Taylor, of the University of London School of Pharmacy, said the problem had been concentrated in the developing world. 22 November 2006 Read the full story at news.bbc.co.uk.

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Women risk lives to buy abortion drug over internet

UP to 10 Australian women have illegally bought the controversial abortion pill RU486 over the internet, despite warnings they are putting their lives at risk. A South Australian woman is also among those considering purchasing the drug online, after finding the product available for about $US65 (about $85) from an international website. By Laura Anderson20…

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Viagra not working? It may be a counterfeit

The Health Ministry has found that more than half of the counterfeit drugs seized were sold as sex stimulants or Viagra. Fake drugs with a face value of RM16 million were seized over the past 10 months. Ministry Pharmaceutical Services Division principal assistant director Ahmad Nozrin Taharin said they were mainly sold through direct sales.…

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Clinic sealed for selling stolen and expired medicines

The health officials after recovering stolen and expired medicines of Health Department Punjab Hospital have sealed the clinic and informed Chief Drugs Inspector Punjab and Quality Control Board. Drug Inspector Attock, Sahibzada Tariq Masood Shah on the directives of Executive District Officer (EDO) Health, Dr Mussarat Hussain raided a private hospital run by Dr Sher…

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UN task force warns people against buying medicines online

A United Nations-led task force has warned people against buying medicines from rouge websites as 50 per cent of the drugs sold online may be counterfeit which could promote drug resistant strains of the disease, worsen medical conditions and even kill patients. It also called for strengthening laws to deal with such online pharmacies to…

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Bryntsalov Is Let Off With a Fine

A Moscow court ruled late Wednesday that pharmaceuticals firm Bryntsalov-A must pay a 40,000 ruble ($1,500) fine for improper storage of drugs at its facilities, among other violations. The decision was widely viewed as a slap on the wrist for a company that has been accused by Western drug makers of producing counterfeit drugs. The…

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