Fake drugs on sale at markets across the nation are posing a serious threat to public health, according to the Viet Nam Drugs Administration. More and more fake drugs are being discovered by drug inspectors each year, with the problem now escalating to an urgent threat. Fake drugs can lengthen the time it takes to…

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Two people responsible for the deaths of a mother and a grandmother from rabies have been jailed, the Fengxian District People's Court said yesterday. An Xiuya, an Anhui Province native, was sentenced to 11 years for selling fake medicine and Xia Renguan, a clinic operator, to seven years for illegal medical practice. 25 December 2008…

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THE National Agency for Foods and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has in the last seven years, carried out 123 destruction exercises of counterfeit and substandard products valued at over N24.25 billion. According to the former Director General, Prof. Dora Akunyili, 45 convictions have been secured in respect of counterfeit drug related cases, while 60…

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Drugs valued at over Ksh. 5 million have been destroyed by pharmacy and poisons board of Kenya in conjunction with GlaxoSmithkline at the Kenya medical research institute KEMRI. A consignment of the counterfeit Panadol Extra tablets was seized from the local market in an operation carried out by the ministry of health and the police.…

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European Union customs agents seized more than 34 million illegal pills and tablets in the 27-country bloc's first coordinated campaign against illegal medicines, the EU's executive Commission said on Tuesday. Starting in mid-October, customs officials across the EU joined forces to intercept illegal and counterfeit products like antibiotics, anti-cancer, anti-malaria and anti-cholesterol medicines, various painkillers…

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OBJECTIVES: To review the global implications associated with the use of substandard and or counterfeit drugs in developing and may be developed countries. The focus of this review is particularly on antiretroviral (ARVs), antimalarials and other drugs. METHODS: Review of various literatures through Pub-Med, Medline, Google and Internet search to retrieve and download published materials…

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