Archive for July 2007

China arrests 15 for making and selling fake drugs

BEIJING – Chinese police have arrested 15 members of a crime ring that made and sold fake medicines, a Chinese newspaper said on Monday amid a domestic and global confidence crisis about the country's food and drug safety. Police in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang seized more than 30,000 phials of fake vaccination medicine, including…

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Lifewire: The risk behind Internet drug ads

Internet advertisements for prescription drugs sold at prices lower than those at your local pharmacy are certainly tempting. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants to warn all Americans that succumbing to that temptation could have serious consequences. A recent FDA alert cautions American to beware of counterfeit drugs sold on 24 related Web…

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China Acts on Its Promises To Strengthen Safety Controls

BEIJING — China announced Wednesday that its State Council passed a draft regulation to strengthen food safety in the wake of discoveries of toxic chemicals that prompted international bans and recalls on its exports. China, which has been working to convince the world it is serious about cracking down on dangerous and phony drugs and…

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Zimbabwe: Fake ARVs Flood Country

UNLICENSED drug dealers are flooding the market with a variety of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) that could do more harm than good, the country's medicines regulatory body has warned. The Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) said this week that individual drug importers had flooded the local market with ARVs, which they are selling from unlicensed…

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Official suspended, five arrested in Orissa fake drug racket

Bhubaneswar : The Orissa government suspended a drugs inspector and arrested five persons for their alleged role in a fake drugs racket that was unearthed recently, officials said Wednesday. "T.V. Rao, a drugs inspector posted at the district headquarter of Bolangir has been suspended for his alleged role in the circulation of fake medicines," a…

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Pharmacy owners arrested for selling illegal drugs

The Jakarta Police have confiscated more than 160,000 medicines that lacked distribution permits and arrested two people for allegedly distributing the drugs. Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Ketut Untung Yoga Ana said they suspected the drugs were substandard because they were not accompanied by the appropriate documentation from the Food and Drug Monitoring Agency on their…

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China seizes 18,000 fake Viagra pills in raids

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese police have seized more than a tonne of fake drugs for impotence, bird flu and malaria, including at least 18,000 fake Viagra tablets, state media reported on Wednesday. The Ministry of Public Security, which launched the national crackdown on counterfeit goods in 2005, announced 10 of its top cases ranging from…

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