A warning to patients about the dangers of buying prescription drugs via the internet came from the British Medical Association (BMA). The Association wants to work with the government and the World Health Organisation to control internet sales of medicines, some of which are counterfeit and potentially harmful. Dr Hamish Meldrum, Chairman of BMA Council,…

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LONDON (Reuters) – People should stop taking four traditional Chinese medicines on sale in Britain that contain an acid linked to cancer and kidney failure, the drug safety watchdog said on Thursday. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said patients who have taken the medicine should see their doctor immediately. Officials seized 6,500…

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Anti-impotence drugs, skin-lightening products, steroids, antidepressants and weight-loss drugs were among the products seized by officers of the Irish Medicines Board (IMB) last year. In total, the IMB seized 96,487 tablets, 41,361 capsules, 52,873 liquids and 5,652 creams. It had 797 enforcement cases during the year — a big jump on the 430 orders in…

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The UK has become an unlikely hub for drug counterfeiters, with the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) last week launching its new three-year action plan to tackle the recent surge in drug fakes head on. While drug counterfeiters tend to manufacture their illegitimate wares in locations such as China or India, the…

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The medicines watchdog is to step up covert internet purchases and testing of suspect pharmaceuticals as part of a new strategy to be unveiled on Thursday. Michael Deats, head of enforcement at the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, told the FT that he planned more testing of patented drugs, as well as strengthening of…

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The counterfeit medication market in Austria has flourished since 2005, with 3,000 more false drugs in circulation, particularly via the Internet, the Austrian health and finance ministries said Thursday. 22 November 2007 Get the full story at afp.com.

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Sex enhancement tablets that can be dangerous if taken without medical advice are being sold in Asian corner shops, trading officials warn. Thousands of cheap variations of the licensed drug Viagra have flooded into Britain from India. Trading standards officials warn that untested imitation pills could have fatal consequences. By Naresh Puri 16 November 2007…

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