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Florida Police Investigate Theft of Pharmaceuticals

September 29, 2010

A Florida sheriff’s department is currently investigating a theft of pharmaceuticals that took place recently. SNN Local News 6 reported that the owner of the Medical Arts Pharmacy on Bee Ridge Road in Sarasota County returned one morning and found the front door of his establishment smashed. Local police told the news provider that it…

Pfizer, Vodafone and Sproxil Join Efforts to Reduce Fake Drugs and Improve Healthcare in Africa

September 28, 2010

In New York on September 21, 2010, Ponni Subbiah, MD, MPH, Vice President, Pfizer Global Access, announced a joint commitment with Vodafone, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in The Gambia and International Health Partners, to support the “SMS for Health” initiative, aimed at improving access and reliability of medicine supply…

Police Arrest Suspect in Two Pharmaceutical Thefts

September 28, 2010

A woman who was accused of two pharmaceutical thefts was recently arrested in Florida. Corey Bradley is being charged with pharmaceutical thefts at the Kmart in Orange City, Florida, and another at the Winn-Dixie on Howland Boulevard in Deltona, Florida, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal. In the Winn-Dixie theft, Bradley allegedly brandished a handgun…

Google AdWords Used by Rogue Pharmacies

September 27, 2010

Google has filed a civil action in Federal Court against fifty-two individuals alleged to have violated the terms of AdWords to promote fraudulent drug sales.

In a complaint filed in Federal Court in San Jose, CA, Google “seeks to stop rogue online pharmaceutical sellers” from using Google’s AdWords advertising network. Two defendants, Omar Jackman and John Doe “Simon” were named, and 50 others are “individuals whose true identities and locations are unknown.”

Google states in the complaint that “Google prohibits the promotion of online pharmacies and prescription drugs except under specific circumstances. Google allows ads targeting the United States to promote online pharmacy websites only if the advertised website is verified by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy’s Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites (“VIPPS”) program.

Fake Drugs in Kenya Reduced ‘Significantly’

September 27, 2010

Pharmacists in the African nation of Kenya say that their nation struggles with counterfeit drugs because of the large number of medications that are registered in the country. There are more than 11,000 pharmaceutical products registered in Kenya, which is one of the highest totals in Africa, according to the Daily Nation. Kenyan pharmacists point…

Third Theft of Pharmaceuticals at New Jersey Pharmacy Prompts Reward Offer

September 27, 2010

Rewards have been offered in connection to three pharmaceutical thefts at the same New Jersey pharmacy. Police believe that the three thefts of pharmaceuticals at the CVS on White Horse Pike in Oaklyn, New Jersey, were all perpetrated by the same suspect, according to the Retrospect newspaper. The pharmaceutical thefts occurred on July 2, July…

Police Look for Man Responsible for Arkansas Pharmaceutical Theft

September 27, 2010

Photographer’s Project Documents Fake Drug Smuggling at JFK Airport

September 24, 2010

A photographer’s project documenting what type of illicit goods come into the U.S. through New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport revealed smuggled counterfeit products including fake drugs. Taryn Simon spent five days and five nights in 2009 at one of JFK’s busiest terminals, reports CNN. There she not only encountered many knock-off handbags and…

Vietnamese Student Invents Anti-Counterfeiting Technology

September 24, 2010

A Vietnamese student recently invented a software program designed to identify phony products, including counterfeit drugs. Nguyen Kim Hoang Nhu is a student at Ho Chi Minh City National University where one of her goals is to create a program to help people avoid coming in contact with fake products, according to Viet Nam News.…

Mansion of Man Who Ran Illegal Online Pharmacies Up for Auction

September 23, 2010

The Texas mansion of a man convicted of running a number of illegal online pharmacies is currently up for auction. The bidding for the 22,000 square-foot mansion that used to be owned by Rakesh Saran will start at $1.5 million, according to the Dallas Morning News. The four-story house was seized in 2005 following the…