Archive for December 2006

Online Drug Ring Dismantled

(New York, NY)-Four defendants have been charged with drug distribution, money laundering and tax fraud. The joint investigation leading to the charges was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Internal Revenue Service and the US Marshals Service. Four of the defendants were arrested on December 21, 2006 in Miami, Florida; Antonio Quinones, Jose Lopez, Herman…

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Un mdicament contrefait en vente sur internet

L'Agence Fdrale des Mdicaments et des Produits de Sant (AFMPS) met en garde contre "la circulation d'une contrefaon du mdicament LEVITRA", en comprims de 20 mg. Le mdicament est disponible via internet et est utilis dans le traitement des troubles de l'rection. L'Agence a t avertie d'un dfaut de qualit via le Rapid Alert System…

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Counterfeiting, short supply hamper powerful Chinese herbal malaria drug

(NewsTarget) Doctors around the world have used a Chinese herbal drug — artemisinin — to effectively treat malaria since the 1960s, but recent supply shortages have sparked production of dangerous counterfeits, according to World Health Organization (WHO) officials. Li Guiqiao, a professor at the Tropical Medicine Institute at Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, said…

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REFILE-China arrests one over fake, toxic birth-control pills

BEIJING, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Chinese authorities have closed down a factory producing fake birth-control pills out of starch and glucose and arrested one person, media reports said on Monday. Tests by the Food and Drug Administration on the southern island of Hainan found not only that the pills were useless in preventing pregnancy but…

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25 children hospitalised after taking expired pills in Russia

Twenty five children were hospitalized late on Thursday after taking expired pills at a boarding school in Russia's southwestern Voronezh region, local authorities said on Friday. According to Voronezh's chief sanitary inspector Mikhail Chubirko, the 25 children felt unwell after they took "Isoniazid" and "Heksavit" pills at supper and were then rushed to hospitals. Three…

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Bhopal gas victims get spurious drugs, say activists

Bhopal, Dec 14 (IANS) Terming it as a 'citizens raid', Bhopal gas tragedy survivors' organisations claimed to have seized a large number of sub-standard and expired drugs from two medical stores of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy Relief and Rehabilitation Department. 'A joint team of four organisations, working for the victims of the world's worst man-made…

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Fakes hobble fight against malaria

Hong Kong – Li Guoqiao was a village doctor in China's southwestern Yunnan province in 1974 when the government asked him to try using an herbal drug, artemisinin, to treat malaria patients. What followed was one of China's first clinical trials using the herb, and the results were startling. All 18 patients felt better within…

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Rampant circulation of fake drugs in the global market

Mumbai, Dec 10: Concerned over rampant circulation of fake drugs in the global market, India's apex drug control body has taken the matter to the World Health Organisation as it seriously affected the public health in the country. "The Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) has begun talks with the World Health Organisation (WHO) over…

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