Archive for June 2007

Prescription Drug Reimportation Opponents, Supporters Discuss Issue At PhRMA Briefing

A congressional staff briefing on Monday by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America addressed drug reimportation "in anticipation that lawmakers will try to legalize low-cost drug purchases from abroad by attaching it to must-pass legislation," CongressDaily reports. At the briefing, titled "Know the Threat Behind Importation," Peter Pitts, president of the Center for Medicine…

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Nigeria: NAFDAC Destroys N20bn Counterfeit Drugs

Director General of the National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Professor Dora Akunyili, said yesterday in Akure, Ondo State, that the Agency destroyed counterfeit drugs worth not less than N20 billion in the last six years. Akunyili, in a key note address delivered on her behalf by head of the Ondo State…

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P500-million drug case stalled

Police have urged the Bureau of Food and Drugs to enforce a warrant of seizure over P500 million worth of unregistered medicine from China found during a raid in Tondo, Manila last Friday. A senior police officer, speaking on condition of anonymity, alleged that the case of the illegal drug trade of Chito Lu, principal…

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New Findings Show Half of Americans Surveyed Importing Drugs without a Prescription

Concerned about a growing number of fake and counterfeit drugs entering America, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), along with several patient and advocacy groups, today released key findings from a PhRMA-sponsored survey that reveals some common characteristics and behaviors of Americans who are importing medicines from foreign countries. 25 June 2007 Read…

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Third Chinese drug official charged in corruption scandal

China’s resolve to clean up corruption in its pharma industry has intensified as the former assistant to the already-condemned-to-death former drug chief has now been charged. Cao Wenzhuan has become the third former State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) official to be charged since this corruption scandal first broke last year. By Kirsty Barnes 25…

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Monitoring systems inadequate to police counterfeit drug imports

The impact of the global multi-billion dollar trade on counterfeit drugs and its effects on the health sector and the quality of health care being afforded Guyanese cannot be accurately determined since the available mechanisms for monitoring the importation of drugs into Guyana are both inadequate and unreliable, according to Director of the Food and…

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