Archive for August 2006

Irish chemists crack down on dodgy drug sites

The PSI, which is the statutory body for pharmacists and pharmacies, said that the task force is intent on finding ways to combat the purchase of prescription drugs online. The move follows an investigation undertaken by the Irish Examiner in April which revealed just how easy it is to buy medicines such as Viagra and…

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Flourishing expired medicine found in prisons

Expired medicine, as well as illegal or smuggled "grey medicine" is being dispensed to some inmates through correctional services department (DCS) pharmacies, says the Special Investigating Unit. In its interim report to Parliament tabled on Wednesday for the period April to September 2005, the SIU – headed by Willie Hofmeyr – said it was investigating…

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WHO calls for improved drugs controls

NAIROBI, August 15 — Lack of regulatory authorities on medicine has resulted in the importation and production of substandard drugs in African, World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. Dr Peter Ereki, WHO country representative, said about 30 percent of the 46 sub-Saharan countries do not have a national drug regulatory authority. 15 August 2006 Read…

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East Africa: Weak Laws Blamed for Trade in Fake Drugs

Weak laws are fuelling the sale of counterfeit drugs in Kenya and other African countries, the World Health Organisation has said. Country representative Peter Eriki yesterday also blamed cross-border trade and movement of people for the increase in counterfeit and sub-standard medicines. 15 August 2006 Read the full story at allafrica.com.

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Phony medicine flowing into U.S.

At a time when more people are looking to save money on prescription drugs, their exposure to counterfeit drugs is rising, says Pfizer's head of counterfeit intelligence. Phony medicines are increasingly making it across U.S. borders, often via Internet sales, and creating a threat to consumer safety, says John Theriault, a former FBI agent who…

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