Archive for October 2008

Congress Joins the Battle Against Counterfeit Drugs

Signed into law last week, the PRO-IP Act is the most comprehensive IP enforcement legislation adopted by Congress in years. Not only does it increase the penalties for counterfeiting offenses that endanger public health and safety, it provides much-needed resources to at federal, state and local law enforcement levels. Additionally, the law creates the position…

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Smugglers of counterfeit drugs target Thailand

Wutipong Taora examines tiny pills packed in boxes, looking for evidence that fake drugs are being imported. Dubbed the "fake medicine investigator", Mr Wutipong works for the Investigation and Suppression Bureau under the Customs Department. He inspects suspicious medicine imported into the kingdom. By Wassayos Ngamkham 13 October 2008 Read the full story at bangkokpost.com.

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Ex-employee, Cardinal both profited in buying discounted medicine

Robert Neil Spence is a name you probably haven't heard and Cardinal Health officials would rather not discuss. He's a former Cardinal employee who pocketed more than $350,000 in kickbacks from a felon to purchase prescription drugs for the company. While the Dublin pharmaceutical supplier has been dogged this year by federal authorities for the…

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Warning Issued Over Influx of Counterfeit Drugs

Lawmakers called for tighter monitoring of imported drugs and medicine Thursday, expressing worries over the possible hazardous effects of fake drugs on consumers. During a parliamentary inspection of the Korea Food and Drug Administration (KFDA), the legislators urged the agency to strengthen measures to ensure the safety of imported Chinese drugs. By Kang Hyun-kyung9 October…

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Lagos govt seizes fake drugs worth N80m

Lagos State government, on Monday, confiscated drugs worth N80 million as the Task Force on Counterfeit, Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods sealed seven illegal pharmaceutical premises and arrested two operators. By Kunle Awosiyan 7 October 2008 Read the full story at tribune.com.ng.

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Police probe 38 pharmacies over drugs

THE national and international Police are investigating 38 pharmacies for dealing in and selling counterfeit medicine. Police said 10 suspects were arrested as investigations go on. Police publicist Judith Nabakooba, National Drug Authority officer Kate Kikule and Uganda Revenue Authority customs officer Geoffrey Balamaga addressed the media at the Uganda Interpol headquarters yesterday. By Nicholas…

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Task force seizes tonnes of fake drugs

GOVERNMENT authorities have seized several tonnes of counterfeit, unregistered and expired human and veterinary medicines in a special operation carried out last week. The Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI), Mr Robert Manumba, told a news conference in Dar es Salaam yesterday that in the operation code named �Mamba� 233 boxes of veterinary drugs were seized.…

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Belgians seize Africa-bound drugs

More than two million counterfeit drugs destined for Africa have been seized in Belgium, customs officials say. They said the shipment from India, including copies of an anti-malaria drug, was the biggest seizure of fake medication ever made in Europe. 3 October 2008 Read the full story at bbc.co.uk.

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