Archive for September 2014

JAMA Report: HIV Drugs Targeted for Black Market Resale in the United States

A new report in the Journal of the American Medical Association examines how suspicious prescriptions for HIV medications indicate that HIV drugs are being diverted for resale on the black market. The September 17th 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reports that HIV medication is being purchased by devious means…

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FDA Asks All Medical Professionals to “Know Your Source” to Protect Patients from Fake Drugs

The FDA has a new flyer campaign that asks doctors, medical office managers, and others responsible for medication purchasing to ensure that they only buy FDA-approved medication. Only state-licensed wholesale distributors of medication can guarantee the safety of medication prescribed to patients. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is asking all medical professionals to verify…

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EBay Selling Dangerous and Banned Pharmaceuticals, According to ABC News

Tennessee-based IT manager Nancy White began digging deeper into EBay medication sales practices after receiving a dangerous pharmaceutical product in lieu of the skin cream she had ordered. According to Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, who spoke at the Partnership for Safe Medicine’s annual conference last week, there is a broad spectrum of illicit or…

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FDA-OCI Presents 11 Most Wanted Fugitives, Seeks Help in Catching Fake Drugs Criminals

Daniel Burke Special Agent at FDA-OCI tells Fierce Pharma about the FDA’s “Most Wanted” campaign. Effort highlights fugitives from justice for crimes ranging from posing as doctors to importing and distributing counterfeit medications. Come here Special Agent Daniel Burke speak September 18 in Washington D. C. at Interchange 2014. In a recent interview with Fierce…

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U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention Joins Forces with the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies to Combat Counterfeit Medication Online

Libby Baney of the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies and Gaurvika Nayyar of the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention will speak September 18 at Interchange 2014 in Washington D.C. The Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP) announced on August 21st that the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is joining forces with them to stem the tide of counterfeit…

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Weaver, Abigail A., et al. “Paper Analytical Devices for Fast Field Screening of Beta Lactam Antibiotics and Antituberculosis Pharmaceuticals.” Analytical Chemistry 85, no. 13

Abstract: Reports of low-quality pharmaceuticals have been on the rise in the past decade, with the greatest prevalence of substandard medicines in developing countries, where lapses in manufacturing quality control or breaches in the supply chain allow substandard medicines to reach the marketplace. Here, we describe inexpensive test cards for fast field screening of pharmaceutical…

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Europol Breaks Up Counterfeit Drug Ring, Seizes Millions of Fake Pills in Cross-Europe Operation

Sample of drugs confiscated in EU raid. Photo Credit: Europol. Law enforcement across Europe dismantled a vast counterfeit medication ring. Two men in United Kingdom among several arrested for selling counterfeit medication online. Europol has posted a press release concerning a counterfeit drug investigation conducted in cooperation with investigators in Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, France, Hungary,…

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