NEW DELHI: Four persons allegedly engaged in manufacture and supply of spurious drugs have been arrested by the Special Cell of the Delhi police. The police claim to have seized spurious drugs worth Rs. 20 lakh. Acting on a tip-off that some persons supplying spurious drugs would come to the Inter-State Bus Terminus at Anand…

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The State Duma will examine plans to stiffen penalties for manufacturers and distributors of counterfeit pharmaceuticals Friday, one of the sponsors of the proposed bill said Thursday. "It will be the first reading of a bill to create a new statute in the legal code covering the manufacture, intent to supply, supply, storage, transportation and…

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Taipei, April 23 (CNA) The Kaohsiung Customs Office (KCO) under the Ministry of Finance uncovered smuggled counterfeit Viagra and sleeping drugs in a container imported from China Monday, a Customs officer said. Also found in the same container were 194 China-made granite urns that are under import controls, the officer said. By Ruth Wang23 April…

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that bottles of HIV drug Ziagen may have been mislabeled as Combivir, another HIV drug. The FDA and GlaxoSmithKline, which makes both drugs, said it appears the bottles were tampered with by a third party that used counterfeit labels to mislead readers about the contents, WebMD reported…

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GlaxoSmithKline is informing health care professionals of an incident of misbranding of Ziagen (abacavir sulfate) as Combivir (lamivudine/zidovudine). Apparently, counterfeit Combivir labels were used by a third party. Two 60-count misbranded bottles of Combivir tablets (lot number 6ZP9760 with the expiration dates April 2009 and April 2010) contained Ziagen 300 mg tablets. The warning letter…

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The fight against counterfeit medicines has now become the new global war on drugs, leading experts have told MEPs. The counterfeit medicines market has emerged as a multi-billion euro business with profit margins rivalling those of hard drug trafficking, according to the latest WHO estimates. Around ten percent of medicines traded worldwide are substandard fakes,…

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Sales of consumer products over the Internet have grown rapidly, including sales of pharmaceutical products. Online pharmacies mimic mail order pharmacies. To operate legally online, pharmacies must be licensed in every state in which sales occur. Although online pharmacies provide benefits to consumers, when compared with traditional pharmacies patients' safety may be compromised. Purchasing prescription…

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Vietnamese health inspectors, market regulators, customs officials and police began joint inspections Monday on pharmaceuticals in Ho Chi Minh City to eliminate fake drugs and arbitrary price hikes. The inspections are expected to last for the next 10 days, focusing on price quotations and invoices. Enterprises will be punished severely if found without proper invoicing…

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