Archive for April 2009

Consumer Protection Group Warns Against Online Swine Flu Treatments

Partnership for Safe Medicines cautions consumers against counterfeit influenza drugs WASHINGTON—The Partnership for Safe Medicines, a group of organizations and individuals dedicated to protect consumers from counterfeit medicines, issued the following statement regarding the treatments for the A/H1N1 swine influenza. In light of the international swine influenza outbreak, pharmacists and consumers need to be wary…

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Pharmacists Fight Against Counterfeit Drugs

Earlier this month, the Partnership for Safe Medicines (PSM) released the L.E.A.D.E.R.’s Guide for Pharmacists to encourage pharmacists to take an active role in protecting the supply chain from counterfeit drugs. This effort is one of many to help curb the distribution of harmful and potentially deadly counterfeit drugs. Similarly, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB), Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the Dispensing Doctor’s Association (DDA) issued Counterfeit medicines: Guidance for pharmacists, explaining the background of counterfeit drugs, their production and distribution to pharmacists.

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Strategizing for Safety from Counterfeit Drugs

On April 6, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released a summary of negotiations that have taken place since the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was introduced in June 2008. Countries from across the world, including the United States, Australia, Canada, the European Union, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and Switzerland, have joined the ACTA to help governments combat the harmful manufacture and distribution of fake goods, such as counterfeit drugs.

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LEADERs in the Fight Against Counterfeit Drugs

In the past two weeks, the Partnership for Safe Medicines issued two SafeMeds Alerts about counterfeit insulin pen needles and herbal medication adulterated with dangerously high levels of undeclared pharmaceuticals in the United Kingdom. It is tempting to disregard these alerts since the drugs were found in England, not the United States. But in today’s global environment, we are all at risk when these unsafe products move through the drug supply chain undetected.

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Partner Widget – Consumer info

Avoid counterfeit drugs with information from the Partnership for Safe Medicines in English, en español and 中文版.  Also, learn the real facts and dangers about buying drugs from Canada.

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Special promotional items for partner members

Promoting The Partnership On Your Website In our ongoing mission to reach ever more consumers about the dangers of counterfeit drugs, every partner with a website and an audience can play an important role.  Here are some ways you can include our information on your website. Consumer Promotional Box The promotional box below can be…

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Drug Importation: Small Savings at a Large Cost

Supporters of drug importation like to cite the statistic that if the United States were to permit drug importation, it would reduce total drug spending by $40 billion over 10 years. This figure is from the 2004 Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issue brief on drug importation.

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Thevis M, Schrader Y, Thomas A, Sigmund G, Geyer H, Schänzer W. Analysis of Confiscated Black Market Drugs Using Chromatographic and Mass Spectrometric Approaches. J Anal Toxicol. 2008 Apr;32(3):232-240.

Abstract. In the context of house searches in Germany, numerous drugs were confiscated and subjected to chemical analysis, including anabolic agents such as various anabolic-androgenic steroids (stanozolol, testosterone derivatives, trenbolone esters, etc.) and clenbuterol, as well as agents with anti-estrogenic activity (tamoxifen, clomiphene), drugs stimulating virility (sildenafil, tadalafil), and unlabeled plastic bags. Liquid chromatography–tandem mass…

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