Archive for May 2011

Medicine Cargo Stolen in Tennessee

13,000 packages of a variety of generic medicines in approximately 400 cases were seized in a robbery from a tractor trailer parked in a secure yard in Jackson, TN on May 14, 2011. Securing Pharma reports that the stolen cargo included “cholesterol-lowering colestipol tablets, eplerenone tablets for heart failure, the antibiotics azithromycin and clindamycin in…

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Study Highlights Risk of Online Drug Purchases

Dr. Mark Baron, of the School of Natural and Applied Sciences, published a study in the Drug Testing and Analysis Journal for May 2011 which exposes the likelihood drugs purchased on the internet may not contain the ingredients they claim.  The study published May 20, 2011 in the Journal of Drug Testing and Analysis, purchased…

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Suspect Medicine Turns Up on Craigslist

The California State Board of Pharmacy announced an investigation into people illegally selling prescription drugs online after an ABC Eyewitness news expos√©. Eyewitness News reported Craigslist.org users illegally selling prescription medications through the online classified advertisement service. Virgina Herold, Executive Office of the California State Board of Pharmacy said, “It’s unfortunate that Craigslist is now…

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Counterfeit Cancer Drug Ring Exposed In Chinese Trial

View in a larger map On May 20, 2011 eleven defendants pleaded guilty to producing and selling fake cancer drug medication that caused eye infections in 61 people in Shanghai, China. The counterfeit cancer medication, given to patients suffering macular degeneration, was contaminated saline, reported the prosecution to the Luwan District People’s Court, reported English…

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Fake Cancer Drug Ring Exposed in Chinese Trial

Eleven defendants pleaded guilty to producing and selling fake cancer drug medication that caused eye infections in 61 people in Shanghai, China. 

The counterfeit cancer medication, given to patients suffering macular degeneration, was containmnated saline, reported the prosecution to the Luwan District People’s Court, reported English Eastday.

A drug test report by the Shanghai Institute for Food and Drug Control found that the fake Avastin contained excessive bacteria endotoxin.

The 61 patients were among 116 people who received the fake medicine in September 2010. 

The process for the distribution of the fake medication was detailed by defendants, reported the Shanghai Daily.

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Second African Diaspora Marketplace to Launch 4Q11

USAID announced that it will launch a second African Diaspora Marketplace (ADM) in the fourth quarter of 2011, to encourage economic growth by supporting U.S.-based African Diaspora entrepreneurs for start up businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa.  One such firm that made headlines in 2010 is Sproxil, a provider of cell phone technology in Nigeria used by…

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EU Drug Counterfeiting Organization Intercepted in Spain

Spanish police have arrested 26 people in Marbella, Spain, suspected of leading a network of counterfeit medicine distributors throughout Europe. Spanish police uncovered over 700,000 doses of suspect medication. The illegal susbstances are suspected of being imported int Glasgow, Scotland, before distribution throughout Europe from the port of Manchester, England, reports the Telegraph. Police said…

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Canadians Find Millions in Fake Drugs

Canadian Mounties seized more than 115,000 counterfeit pills during a raid at a Mississauga, Ontario, warehouse on May 13, 2011. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police estimates that value of drugs, combined with a stash of fake designer clothing, at $5 million Canadian, reports CNews. Mounties in British Columbia intercepted 15,000 fake erectile dysfunction pills packaged…

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UNODC Up Against Crime Syndicates in Fight To Curb Fake Drugs

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has announced that it will take an active part in helping countries fight drug counterfeiters in a growing alarm over fake drugs impact on preventable deaths and super bugs. Says UNODC, approximately $1.6 billion worth of medication in Africa and Asia alone is being faked by growing…

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