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Archive for March 2007

Online drug sales to the U.S. fell in 2006: report

Online pharmacy sales from Canadian companies to the United States were almost halved in 2006 from a year earlier as Canadian Internet pharmacies felt the pressure from the strength of the loonie, according to a report by IMS Health. The report said online pharmacy sales to the United States fell to $211 million from $420…

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TV watchdog finds fake Viagra pills containing flour and mould

Beijing. March 19. INTERFAX-CHINA – A fake and unapproved health care products ring has been discovered, selling into 17 cities and provinces via the logistic transportation hub of Dafeng city, Jiangsu province, local media reported. Among the cornucopia of fake cures made by the firm it was found it was producing a Viagra-like pill containing…

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Fake, banned drugs rampant, admits Vietnam government

A slew of fake and unlicensed medicines were found at hospitals and health centers nationwide last year, the Vietnamese Ministry of Health admitted at a conference last week. In a report at the meeting held in Hanoi, it said dozens of categories of drugs had been faked, mostly in the northern provinces. The most widely…

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WHO-led anti-counterfeiting coalition examines technologies to prevent fake drugs

More than twenty technology companies are responding to a call to support the fight against counterfeit medicines spearheaded by the International Medical Products Anti-Counterfeiting Taskforce (IMPACT) set up by the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners. They will join the IMPACT Working Group on Technology today for a one-day meeting in Prague to assess technologies…

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Fake Viagra pills seized in port blitz

Cairo – Egyptian customs officers at the port of Nuweiba seized a million imitation Viagra pills and aphrodisiacs on Wednesday in a refrigerated truck registered in Syria, a customs source told reporters. The pills and the aphrodisiacs, worth an estimated 12 million Egyptian pounds, had been concealed in the vehicle, the source said. The nature…

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Nigeria: NAFDAC Shuts Onitsha Market Over Fake Drugs

National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), yesterday morning closed down the sprawling Onitsha Bridge Head Drug Market, in a pre-dawn operation involving a combined detachment of soldiers and policemen. The market, consisting of over 2,500 drug shops, was cordoned-off before the traders arrived. Speaking on behalf of the Director-General of Nafdac,…

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