Archive for April 2008

Cracking Down on Killer Drugs: Dora Akunyili and the Nigerian Success Story

Counterfeit and substandard medicines pose an increasing threat to global health, especially in the developing world. They kill hundreds of thousands–maybe millions–every year, undermine incentives for research and development for new drugs, and are even beginning to infiltrate North American markets. What can national governments and concerned individuals do to combat this growing menace? Nigeria…

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Heparin probe shows perils of offshore drug production

CHANGZHOU, China (AP) – On a dusty lane in east China, a small factory sitting amid strawberry and vegetable fields processes chemicals from pig guts into heparin, a commonly used blood thinner linked to 62 deaths and hundreds of allergic reactions in the U.S. and Germany. The mysterious problems with heparin from the factory and…

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New killer counterfeit sexual enhancement pills hit market

The proliferation of counterfeit drugs on the global market and easy availability via online pharmacies is an increasing problem. The makers of counterfeit drugs have enjoyed and profited from loopholes in a system designed to deliver healthy medicines to those in need. The rising cost of prescription medications and the ubiquitous presence of online and…

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Floodgates to counterfeit drugs opened

The proliferation of counterfeit drugs on the global market and easy availability via online pharmacies is an increasing problem. The makers of counterfeit drugs have enjoyed and profited from loopholes in a system designed to deliver healthy medicines to those in need. The rising cost of prescription medications and the ubiquitous presence of online and…

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China tightens scrutiny over illegal online drug sale

BEIJING, April 10 (Xinhua) — China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) has listed on-line drug sales as a priority target this year and strengthening crackdowns on false advertising of drug products, according to the food and drug watchdog on Thursday. An SFDA spokesman said the authority would enhance its supervision over large and influential…

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Man in Shanghai jailed for selling fake Viagra

A Shanghai court jailed a man two years for selling 14,030 fake Viagra tablets via the Internet on Thursday. He was also fined 150,000 yuan (21,428 U.S. dollars). Yu Bohuai, a general manager of a Shanghai chemical company, had been purchasing fake drugs from a person named Xu Dong in Shenyang, capital of Liaoning Province,…

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IPEC Europe sets supply chain security high on the agenda

LONDON, April 10, 2008-The usual perception of counterfeit medicines is an illegal copy of a finished medicine slipped into the supply chain by illicit manufacturers. But the reality is far more complex and individual components, including excipients, are also vulnerable to counterfeiting. That is one reason why the European arm of the International Pharmaceutical Excipients…

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Marvin D. Shepherd, PhD

Dr. Marv Shepherd is the Director of the Center for Pharmacoeconomic Studies and Chairman of the Pharmacy Administration Division at the University of Texas at Austin’s College of Pharmacy. He also serves as the President of the Partnership for Safe Medicines.

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