Archive for July 2008

Fake pharmacies swallow bitter pill

Two hundred private pharmacies selling expired and banned drugs were nabbed by the special unit of the National Drug Control Authority during a single day countrywide raid. These pharmacies had sold drugs without prescriptions and they did not have qualified and trained pharmacists, Healthcare and Nutrition Ministry sources said. Nadira Gunatilleke29 July 2008 Read the…

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JFDA warns of potentially deadly sexual peformance enhancers

AMMAN – The Jordan Food and Drug Administration (JFDA) issued a warning on Monday concerning the use of illegal sexual performance enhancers, cautioning that the drugs may contain toxic materials that could lead to death. The JFDA urged citizens to only obtain enhancers prescribed by physicians. "In principle, sexual enhancers should only be sold by…

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Paraguay is Feeding Brazil with Cheap Counterfeit Drugs, Says Brazilian Anti-Counterfeit Body

An increasing number of Brazilians are acquiring medicines in neighbouring Paraguay where drugs are cheaper, reports newspaperGazeta do Povo. In 2007, the phenomenon led to a 68.9% year-on-year increase in drug seizures at the Brazilian-Paraguayan border. The seizures were estimated to be worth 298.6 Brazilian real ($189US.8 million). The most common drugs seized are erectile…

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Raid on 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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Counterfeit antibiotic drugs worth Rs 20L seized

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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DCGI plans survey to detect counterfeit drugs

NEW DELHI: The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) is planning a survey to detect the quantum of spurious and substandard drugs being sold to unsuspecting customers. The regulator, mandated to look after safety, efficacy of drugs and give marketing approval, plans to cover 61 popular brands of medicines used in nine therapeutic categories including…

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Prescription Drugs Found Online, Abused by Teens

A Columbia University study has shown that prescription drugs can be easily bought on the Internet, while another study by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America indicates that many teens are abusing them. Columbia University's five-year study, which has been documented annually in a report called "You've Got Drugs! Prescription Drug Pushers on the Internet,"…

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