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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.

Nigeria: Campaign On Danger of Fake Drugs Kicks-Off in Jabi Motor Park

February 29, 2008

The evil of fake drugs have been described as worse than the combined scourge of malaria, HIV/AIDS and armed robbery put together because they can be prevented or they kill few at a time but fake drugs kill en mass. Secretary of the FCT Task Force on Counterfeit and Fake Drugs, Hajia Hauwa Kulu Ibrahim,…

Today’s Subcommittee Hearing

February 28, 2008

Today the House Appropriation's Committee's Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies held a hearing on drug safety. You can view the Partnership for Safe Medicines' thoughts on the matter here.

Partnership for Safe Medicines Echoes Concerns Raised in House Subcommittee Hearing

February 28, 2008

Nigeria: Fake Drugs More Vicious Than HIV/Aids – Task Force

February 24, 2008

In its determination to eradicate the sale of fake drugs in the country, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Taskforce on Counterfeit and Fake Drugs (TFC&FD) has called on the public to desist from buying drugs from unregistered pharmacists stressing that "fake drugs are more vicious than the scourge of malaria and HIV/AIDS." Making the call…

Burkina Faso: Government Inaction Spurs Consumption of Counterfeit Drugs

February 21, 2008

One in five pharmaceutical drugs bought in Ouagadougou is counterfeit and sold on the street with no prescription and no expiry date, according to the Ministry of Health. Despite laws banning the practice, the government has lost control of the industry and the unregulated drug market continues to expand, with damaging health consequences, fear doctors…

Kenya: Citizens At Highest Risk of Taking Fake Drugs

February 15, 2008

Kenyans have been listed among African consumers at highest risk of exposure to counterfeit drugs. Findings of a recent study on the drugs market presented at the ongoing pan-African conference in South Africa indicates that many African governments lack the necessary mechanisms to curb the sale of counterfeit medicines. "The responsibility of combating counterfeits should…

African Stakeholders Meet on Counterfeit Drugs

February 14, 2008

An international conference to discuss counterfeit medicines in Africa, started this week in Johannesburg. The aim of the conference, which is sponsored by Pfizer, is for representatives from sub-Saharan countries to discuss threats that counterfeit medicines and unregistered generics pose for the safety of patients in this region and to develop joint plans of action…

Kenya: Crack Down On Makers of Fake Drugs

January 10, 2008

UN health and crime agencies say counterfeit drugs are killing people from China to Canada and they "promote the development of new strains of viruses, parasites and bacteria … for example in the case of malaria or HIV." And in many countries their manufacture and distribution is not even illegal. The United Nations Inter-regional Crime…

Scary Stuff

December 20, 2007

A sobering new report from the United Nations, "Counterfeiting: a global spread, a global threat," was released last Friday. It details the growing enterprise of counterfeiting and its allure to organized criminals.

The Bahamas – Not Just a Vacation Spot Anymore

December 17, 2007

The ongoing New York Times series "A Toxic Pipeline" continues to shed light on the complex routes that counterfeit drugs take before being sold by Internet pharmacies, many of which purport legitimacy with Canadian, British or Australian websites.