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Fake Vaccines and Blood Medications Made with Dyed Water in Re-Used Containers

Download Rabies Vaccine Information from CDC. Chinese authorities seize more than $3.28 million in counterfeit drugs and vaccines. Counterfeit rabies vaccine was sold to hospitals in Shandong province since 2009. China Daily reports the arrest of 17 drug counterfeiters who specialized in counterfeits of blood products as well as counterfeit rabies vaccine. Authorities discovered that two…

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China Cracks Down on Counterfeit Drugs With the Help of the FDA

The internet is a wild west of unregulated pharmaceutical websites, but Chinese and US cooperation are working together to make the Internet safer for consumers. 

China Daily reports that US Food and Drug Administration agents working in China collaborated with the China Food and Drug Administration to shutter 18 Chinese-language websites illegally offering counterfeit drugs and health food for sale in the United States.

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Advocacy Group Criticizes the Philippines’ Regarding Counterfeit Drugs

An advocacy group in the Philippines recently criticized the government’s handling of counterfeit drugs. The Samahan Laban sa Pekeng Gamot (“Samahan”), a group comprised of pharmaceutical companies, drug stores and health professionals, counters the Philippines’ Department of Health’s claim that counterfeit drugs account for only 10 percent of the market, saying that the actual figure…

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Nigerian Authorities Seizes Counterfeit Drugs made in China

Counterfeit antibiotics without the power to cure bacterial infections were seized at Abuja airport. A report published yesterday in The Hindu Business Line, a Chennai-based business journal, described an incident in which a counterfeit version of V.S. International’s ciprofloxacin, believed to have originated in China, was seized by Nigeria’s regulatory authority, The National Agency for…

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Coalition Partially Blames Slow Judicial Process for Fake Drugs in Philippines

The Coalition Against Fake Medicines, a group of public and private institutions whose aim is to rid the Philippines of counterfeit drugs, recently called the country’s slow judicial process a major factor in the rise of phony medicines. The Coalition, which includes the Philippines’ Department of Health and Pfizer, recently held a press conference to…

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PSAs Warn Cambodians of Counterfeit Drug Dangers

Earlier this month, a public health campaign was launched in Cambodia to help raise awareness and combat the rising threat of counterfeit drugs throughout Southeast Asia. The campaign, launched by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Convention with the support of Cambodian authorities, includes a nationally broadcasted public service announcement (PSA) series titled “Pharmacide.”

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Three arrested for smuggling fake medicine from China

SEOUL, March 18 (Yonhap) — Police arrested three men on Tuesday for allegedly smuggling fake high blood pressure medicine from China into South Korea, triggering a nationwide alert over China's thriving and potentially life-threatening drug counterfeiting industry. The smugglers partnered with an unlicensed Chinese supplier in Yantai, Shandong Province in northeastern China, to produce a…

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AmCham expresses concerns about illegal, counterfeit drugs

TAIPEI, Taiwan — "A lot of illegal and counterfeit drugs are being sold on the Taiwan market," said Jeffrey Harris, managing director of Orient Commercial Enquiries, "and this poses a clear and present health danger to Taiwanese consumers." Harris made the remarks at an American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei Intellectual Property and Licensing Committee…

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Death toll from contaminated drug rises to 14 in S China

GUANGZHOU, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) — A 37-year-old man has died from the effects of a contaminated drug given to patients at a south China hospital almost two years ago, bringing the death toll to 14. The latest victim died on Wednesday afternoon at the No. 3 Zhongshan Hospital in Guangzhou, capital of southern China's Guangdong…

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