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The Partnership for Safe Medicines has been publishing information about the counterfeit drug problem around the world for more than a decade. With experts leading the organization and a committed and passionate set of writers and editors, our content is more in-depth than many other sources, which simply copy links to the news from other websites.

Protecting Our Supply Chain from Counterfeit Drugs

February 19, 2009

In the fight against substandard and counterfeit drugs, we can’t forget that these unscrupulous businessmen and counterfeiters don’t just make fake prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, they also counterfeit the raw materials and ingredients used by legitimate manufactures.

NAFDAC destroys N24.25b counterfeit drugs in seven years

December 24, 2008

THE National Agency for Foods and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has in the last seven years, carried out 123 destruction exercises of counterfeit and substandard products valued at over N24.25 billion. According to the former Director General, Prof. Dora Akunyili, 45 convictions have been secured in respect of counterfeit drug related cases, while 60…

Counterfeit Drugs: Stay Informed Partnership for Safe Medicines

December 2, 2008

Counterfeit Drugs Whether you live in the United States, Russia, or Ghana, counterfeit drugs are a serious patient safety problem all around the globe. Not only do counterfeit drugs defraud consumers, they deny ill patients the therapies that can alleviate suffering and save lives. And in some cases, counterfeit drugs cause great harm and fatalities.…

International Cooperation Halts Counterfeit Drug Distribution Via Online Pharmacies

November 21, 2008

Bryan A. Liang, MD, PhD, JD

International cooperation is essential to curbing the widespread illicit sale of substandard, unapproved and counterfeit drugs.  Another essential step is shutting down rogue online pharmacies.

Kenya Fights Counterfeit Drugs

November 6, 2008

Bryan A. Liang, MD, PhD, JD

Counterfeit drugs are a scourge that spans continents and patients everywhere.  Sadly however, some of the most vulnerable countries such as Kenya have been deeply impacted by the problem.  The World Health Organization reports that a survey performed by the National Quality Control Laboratories and the Pharmacy and Poisons Board found that almost 30 percent of drugs in Kenya are counterfeit, harming thousands of patients and representing a tremendous public health problem.  In addition, a 2006 estimate indicates that counterfeit drug sales account for approximately $130 million annually in sales.  Importantly, these fakes are believed to contribute to at least 200,000 of the 2.7 million deaths caused by malaria each year in Africa.

Protect Yourself From Counterfeit Drugs

October 30, 2008

Thomas T. Kubic

Counterfeit drugs are a rampant threat that easily cross boarders and target innocent people.  You can learn about this threat by visiting the Pharmaceutical Security Institute.  But how can you protect yourself from contaminated or counterfeit drugs finding their way into your medicine cabinet? 

Congress Joins the Battle Against Counterfeit Drugs

October 27, 2008

Signed into law last week, the PRO-IP Act is the most comprehensive IP enforcement legislation adopted by Congress in years. Not only does it increase the penalties for counterfeiting offenses that endanger public health and safety, it provides much-needed resources to at federal, state and local law enforcement levels. Additionally, the law creates the position…

Connecting Counterfeit Drugs to Fashion Fakes

October 20, 2008

Counterfeit Drugs and Baby Formula

October 2, 2008

Marv Shepherd, PhD

Four infants are dead and more than 54,000 children in China have suffered from kidney stones and kidney failure this past year as a result of baby formula and powdered milk tainted with melamine, an industrial chemical used to make plastics, glue and is found in pesticides.  The toxin found its way into the milk products from more than 30 Chinese companies because of its ability to make the milk appear high in protein. 

Politics and Counterfeit Drugs

September 25, 2008

Currently, the United States has one of the safest drug supplies in the world because its pharmaceutical supply system is “closed” to importation. Once a drug is outside the strictly regulated distribution channel, there is no guarantee of its authenticity, effectiveness, or safety. We know from the recent incident in China of the deliberately contaminated…