Archive for May 2008

California Man Indicted For Conspiracy In Operating Internet Pharmacy

Jorge Alan Rodriguez Sanchez, 32, was indicted by a grand jury in Philadelphia yesterday for conspiracy to distribute controlled substances through the operation of an illegal Internet pharmacy, Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division Alice S. Fisher and U.S. Attorney Patrick L. Meehan for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania announced today. 22 May 2008…

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Counterfeit drug market aided by Internet sales: Report

Emergence of Internet sales channels and transnational payment gateways are propelling the 50 billion dollar global counterfeit drug industry, while emerging economies like India are evolving as manufacturing hub for such markets, a latest report says. 21 May 2008 Read the full story at expressindia.com.

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India is 2nd largest exporter of fake medicines to EU

The following statistics may not give India much reason to cheer. The country is still the second largest counterfeit medicines exporter to the European Union in 2007, although it has forfeited the first position it held in 2006 to Switzerland. As per data released by the European Commission on Monday, India stands second after Switzerland…

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EU concerned by surge in imports of counterfeit drugs, toys, cosmetics

The European Union expressed concern on Monday about a major increase in imports of counterfeit drugs, cosmetics and toys, calling it a threat to public health and the region's economies. Last year, customs authorities in the 27 EU nations discovered 51 percent more cases of fake medicines, while seizures of counterfeit toys were up by…

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Thomas T. Kubic

Kubic 2.jpgThomas T. Kubic is the President and CEO of the Pharmaceutical Security Institute (PSI), a non-profit association dedicated to protecting the public health by insuring the distribution of pharmaceuticals that are safe and effective.  Mr. Kubic previously served on the World Health Organization’s IMPACT Enforcement Working Group. With the 2013 launch of the Pharmaceutical Industry Initiative to Combat Crime (PIICC), he participated in the Technical Committee to assist Interpol’s global efforts to address pharmaceutical crime. He is an industry advisor to the Permanent Forum Against International Pharmaceutical Counterfeiting. Additionally, he has provided testimony before senior government officials around the world concerning the international nature of counterfeiting and its devastating impact. He is a Director and the Treasurer for the Partnership for Safe Medicines.

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Counterfeit malaria drugs on sale

More than a third of the anti-malarial medicines sold in Kampala are either counterfeit or are not strong enough to cure the disease, a survey has revealed. Because of this, scientists warn, malaria could easily become resistant to the new generation of medicines that have replaced chloroquine. We did not quantitatively estimate the public health…

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Government to bring stricter laws for counterfeit drugs menace

The proliferation of counterfeit drugs on the global market and easy availability via online pharmacies is an increasing problem. The makers of counterfeit drugs have enjoyed and profited from loopholes in a system designed to deliver healthy medicines to those in need. The rising cost of prescription medications and the ubiquitous presence of online and…

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Confusing Price With Safety

Bryan A. Liang, MD, PhD, JD

We all try to do our best, but even those in public service don't always get it right.  This seems to be the case when it comes to drug importation.  Supporters think that simply because drugs are purchased from "safe" countries as Canada and Britain, they are actually made there and are subject to strict health regulations and oversight.  But this is a dangerous misconception.

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India to Initiate Massive Study of Counterfeit Drugs

The proliferation of counterfeit drugs on the global market and easy availability via online pharmacies is an increasing problem. The makers of counterfeit drugs have enjoyed and profited from loopholes in a system designed to deliver healthy medicines to those in need. The rising cost of prescription medications and the ubiquitous presence of online and…

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