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Andrew Strempler Photograph

Andrew Strempler, third from left, holds pharmacy orders. Jan 3, 2002 photo used with permission from the Canadian Press.

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World Anti Counterfeiting Day Puts Spotlight on Fake Medicines

Washington, D.C. (June 7, 2012) – Marv Shepherd, PhD, president of the Partnership for Safe Medicines, today released the following statement marking World Anti Counterfeiting Day: “The criminals that market and distribute fake medicines are the worst kind of counterfeiters. By knowingly selling products that are harmful and potentially deadly, drug counterfeiters pose a serious…

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Reumofan Plus: Recall – Undeclared Drug Ingredient

Reumofan Plus Alert by The U.S. Food and Drug Administration via Flickr. This is a reprint of the FDA Alert. AUDIENCE: Consumer, Health Professional, Emergency Medicine ISSUE: FDA is warning consumers that Reumofan Plus, marketed as a natural dietary supplement for pain relief and other serious conditions, contains several active pharmaceutical ingredients not listed on…

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Nayyar GM., Breman JG, et al. Poor-quality antimalarial drugs in southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Lancet Infect Dis. 2012 Jun; 12:6: 488-496.

Abstract Poor-quality antimalarial drugs lead to drug resistance and inadequate treatment, which pose an urgent threat to vulnerable populations and jeopardize progress and investments in combating malaria. Emergence of artemisinin resistance or tolerance in Plasmodium falciparum on the Thailand—Cambodia border makes protection of the effectiveness of the drug supply imperative. We reviewed published and unpublished…

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2 Universities & A Modeling Society Have Been Pwned!

(Check out the Urban Dictionary’s definition of "pwned") Websites hacked by rogue online pharmacies this week: May 28, 2012 Every week we receive an email with the newest listings on Google for online pharmacies. In each email there are always a few hacked websites that are now unwitting advertisers for counterfeit drugs. Drug counterfeiters first crack…

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Angola Customs Agents Find Vast Store of Fake Malaria Drugs in China Shipment

In June of 2012, Angola Customs agents conducting a routine search of cargo shipped from China, they found 1.4 million packets of counterfeit Coartem, a Malaria medication produced by Novartis. The resulting seizure of fake drugs would have, if genuine, been enough to treat over half of Angola’s annual Malaria patients. Who: Angola Customs Service.…

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