Archive for October 2009

PSAs Warn Cambodians of Counterfeit Drug Dangers

Earlier this month, a public health campaign was launched in Cambodia to help raise awareness and combat the rising threat of counterfeit drugs throughout Southeast Asia. The campaign, launched by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Convention with the support of Cambodian authorities, includes a nationally broadcasted public service announcement (PSA) series titled “Pharmacide.”

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USC Spotlight on Counterfeit Drugs and Devices

On November 18, 2009, the University of Southern California (USC) will offer a one-day course called “Building Pharmaceutical Anti-Counterfeiting Programs.” The course will be taught by experts from the field and will examine the nature of the criminal challenge, government and industry roles and responsibilities and technologies that can be used to disrupt the production…

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TIME Article on Counterfeit Drugs Trade

Read the TIMES article. Washington-based agency the Pharmaceutical Security Institute, run by Partnership for Safe Medicines board member Thomas Kubic, was created to address the problem of major pharmaceutical companies losing billions every year to counterfeit drug trafficking around the world. Now a group of international dignitaries and industry experts will join this international effort…

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FDA Warns of Online H1N1 Influenza Virus Drug Product Purchases

FDA is alerting you to a use extreme caution when purchasing any medication over the Internet claiming to prevent or treat H1N1 influenza virus. Several orders of the H1N1 vaccine Tamiflu (oseltamivir) purchased from online pharmacies were found to be a health threat to consumers.

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The new “Spamalot” – Spam Solicitations for Counterfeit Drugs

On October 13, a USA Today article featured a report released from the antivirus company McAfee. They found that 70 percent of spam in September was from websites advertizing “Canadian pharmaceuticals.” Further, the only thing that made it “Canadian” was the word Canadian and the maple leaves on the spammers’ web page. The increase in counterfeit drug spam may be due to the rising fears surrounding H1N1 flu, as well as the intensity around the topic of healthcare costs.

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Cambodia Campaigns Against Counterfeit Medicines With Aid from USP Drug Quality and Information Program

USAID and DQI Release Public Service Announcements in Regional Initiative To Increase Public Awareness The U.S. Pharmacopeia Drug Quality and Information Program (DQI) announces the official launch of the “Pharmacide” public service announcement (PSA) campaign against counterfeit medicines in Cambodia. Coinciding with this launch, the PSAs will be nationally televised on the Cambodian television channel…

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Cambodia: Fighting counterfeit medicines with TV spots and Minilabs

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) launched a series of public service announcements on counterfeit medicines in Phnom Penh last week. First broadcast on national television in Cambodia subsequent translations into other languages will help also to spread the word throughout all countries of the Greater Mekong region.…

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