Russia recently adopted new guidelines for the destruction of counterfeit drugs as well as for medications that are substandard.
The new law, which was passed on September 3, will require that the destruction of all fake drugs be handled by organizations that are licensed for the collection, transportation and disposal of grade I-IV waste, according to SecuringPharma.com. The legislation also recommends that such organizations should have access to specialized facilities where the counterfeit drugs can be disposed of with the proper equipment.
In addition, the new law will require those who possess fake or substandard drugs as determined by Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Health and Social Development to remove the offending products from circulation and have them disposed at their own expense within 30 days of notification.
A specialized appeals procedure has been established if the owner does not agree with the determination of the Federal Service for Supervision of Health and Social Development that the offending medication is counterfeit or substandard.