Archive for September 2008

Fake drugs worth N8.3 million destroyed by task force

As part of efforts to check the growing incidence of adulterated medications and unwholesome processed foods, fake drugs worth over N8.3 million have been seized in Akwa Ibom State. The chairman of the task force on counterfeit and fake drugs, Sebastian Bassey, who made this known in an interview with Businessday, stated that plans have…

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WHO asks for strong monitoring to prevent spread of fake medicines

The World health Organization (WHO) office in Manila has called on the Department of Health (DOH) to strengthen monitoring of drugs to prevent the possible spread of counterfeit medicines in the country. �We have evidence on the prevalence of counterfeit drugs in some countries. With this matter, the Philippine government must have proper coordination with…

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Politics and Counterfeit Drugs

Currently, the United States has one of the safest drug supplies in the world because its pharmaceutical supply system is “closed” to importation. Once a drug is outside the strictly regulated distribution channel, there is no guarantee of its authenticity, effectiveness, or safety. We know from the recent incident in China of the deliberately contaminated…

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Dutch doctors uncover fake Bangladesh medicine

Two Dutch doctors from the Slotervaart hospital in Amsterdam appear to have stumbled on a medical scandal in Bangladesh, the Telegraaf reports on Tuesday. The doctors were carrying out research into the medicine Miltefosine which is used to treat the infectious disease Leishmaniasis (also known as black fever). 23 September 2008 Read the full story…

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Govt plans task force to deal with fake drugs

MUMBAI: The Centre is planning to set up a task force to deal with counterfeit drugs. All stakeholders of the industry, including pharma companies, NGOs and the government would have representation on the committee, said Ashok Kumar, secretary, department of pharmaceuticals. �Legal provisions are being tightened to provide stiffer punishment to offenders and quality parameters…

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New bill to help curb counterfeit medicines

KUALA LUMPUR: Pharmaceutical counterfeiters beware — stiffer penalties, including mandatory jail sentences, await offenders as authorities step up their fight against fake medicine. Realizing the threat posed by fake medicine to national health and the pharmaceutical industry, the Health Ministry is proposing a new bill next year to combat the menace. 22 September 2008 Read…

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Iraq takes steps to curb sales of counterfeit drugs

BAGHDAD – Amid the cacophony of Baghdad's Bab Sharaji market, Yasir Mazen has peddled counterfeit Viagra and other pills, gels and creams promising cures for ailments ranging from sexual dysfunction to bad skin. It has been a thriving business. "They always come back to buy more," said the 20-year-old of his customers. But Mazen and…

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FTC Warns Consumers of Fake Cancer Curing Drugs

It is being reported that the Federal Trade Commission is going on the attack against companies claiming to have in their possession, cancer curing drugs and are suing 5 such companies for attempting to sell them to people. The companies are marketing their supposed cancer curing drugs to cancer patients who are looking for herbal…

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