Archive for 2007

Fake drugs travel globe to Internet

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Dec. 17 (UPI) — Counterfeit drugs sold online and seized in the United Arab Emirates arrived through a series of global free trade zones, investigators in six countries said. The recent seizure of warehoused drugs in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, revealed a medicine trading chain from China, Hong Kong, Dubai, Britain…

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The Bahamas – Not Just a Vacation Spot Anymore

The ongoing New York Times series "A Toxic Pipeline" continues to shed light on the complex routes that counterfeit drugs take before being sold by Internet pharmacies, many of which purport legitimacy with Canadian, British or Australian websites.

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Counterfeit products pose a real danger to consumers

Whether it's adulterated medicine that can kill, bogus batteries that can burn or wannabe Guccis that simply wear out fast (though they may look stylish for a while), counterfeit merchandise is almost impossible to avoid. According to a recent investigation by Consumer Reports, 14,000 shipments of counterfeits were confiscated in 2006, a record year for…

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Pact on drugs, equipment safety inked

Chinese and US drug watchdogs have reached a consensus to be part of each other's inspection and investigation against counterfeits and substandard drugs, the State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) said Wednesday. The first-ever Sino-US agreement on drug and medical equipment safety signed on Tuesday led to the consensus, marking a substantial step forward for…

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Hotline Part of New UK Anticounterfeit Strategy

The UK's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) unveiled an aggressive agenda Nov. 23 for combating the market in counterfeit medicines and medical devices. The plan targets both regulated and unregulated supply chains. The three-year anticounterfeit strategy calls for a complete assessment of current supply and distribution procedures in the UK and outlines the…

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IMPACT-ing Prescription Drug Safety

In February 2006, the World Health Organization launched the International Medical Products Anti-Counterfeiting Taskforce (IMPACT) to build coordinated efforts between countries to address the great deal of harm from fake medicines around the globe.

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