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Archive for September 2006

Audit slams state drug plan

Gov. Rod Blagojevich's administration spent nearly $1 million to develop and market a plan to illegally import low-cost drugs that ended up serving fewer than 3,700 Illinois residents, Auditor General William Holland said Tuesday. Holland also said top Blagojevich aides pushed a plan to illegally import millions of dollars worth of flu vaccine in 2004…


11 men arrested for Internet drug sales

Federal authorities have indicted 11 people in Georgia, North Carolina, South Dakota and Belize on fraud and drug charges for selling unapproved prescription drugs over the Internet. The operation, which authorities say is based in Alpharetta, Ga., marketed the drugs as Canadian through unsolicited e-mails, but the pills actually were made in Belize, officials said…


Fake medicines cause real concern

More than a decade has passed since the pharmaceutical industry first alerted governments, law enforcement agencies and aid organisations to the presence of counterfeit medicines in some of the world's poorest countries. Among early victims of this atrocious trade were several hundred children in Haiti, Bangladesh, India and Nigeria, who died of kidney failure after…


Officer insists Nasr filled prescription

His lawyer suggests accused pharmacist Abadir Nasr was not the only druggist at King West Pharmacy who dispensed counterfeit and unauthorized cardiovascular medication. Defence counsel Dean Paquette implied to several witnesses at his client's fraud trial yesterday that Bhash Mehta, who continued to work two days a week at the pharmacy after selling the business…


UAE: ‘Cheap, Fake Drugs Sold on the Internet could Kill you

Health authorities have warned the public against illusive and vague electronic messages about drugs at rock-bottom prices that they believe are usually counterfeit and could cause fatality. The authorities warning came following surge of web sites tempting people to purchase drugs, specially impotence medicines at lower costs than the original prices accompanied with other alluring…


Online pharmacy bill, a good start but needs more

Can you tell the difference between a real Lipitor capsule and a fake one? Probably not. They look alike. They smell alike. They taste alike. Even the packaging and labeling are identical. In fact, the only difference between them is that one will lower your cholesterol, while the other will kill you. By Bryan A.…


Manufacturers dodge EU wrath over counterfeits

European parliamentarians have come up with a long list of measures that the EU needs to take to combat counterfeit drugs, yet track and trace technologies were noticeably absent from their calls for action. In a non-binding resolution, members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have called on the EU to play a key role in…


NAFDAC closes down two factories

THE National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has closed down two factories in Lagos for producing fake and adulterated drugs and wines. The two factories were located in Ikotun and Allen Avenue areas of Lagos. BY MUDA OYENIRAN14 September 2006 Read the full story at


Woman Charged in Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals Case

by Jim Kouri – WASHINGTON — United States Attorney Pat Meehan today announced the filing of a three-count indictment charging Niaja Kane with trafficking in counterfeit goods, holding counterfeit drugs for sale with intent to defraud, and possession with intent to distribute a counterfeit controlled substance. 14 September 2006 Read the full story at

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