Counterfeit medicines are now being found with unnerving frequency, even in the legitimate supply chains of developed markets such as the US and Europe. For manufacturers, regulators and other healthcare stakeholders that raises many issues, including the threat to public safety, the need to improve supply chain security and corporate accountability.
16-Apr-2014 - Roche has recalled nine batches of breast cancer drug Herceptin after tampered vials were discovered in the UK, Finland and Germany.
14-Apr-2014 - Fake aspirin and anti-diarrhoeal medicines were amongst the largest counterfeit drugs haul discovered to be destined for the European Union, a French customs official says.
02-Apr-2014 - Collating drug counterfeiting cases from across Europe into a central database will help law enforcement authorities catch criminals trying to flood the region with fake medicines, according to the EDQM.
01-Apr-2014 - Making API detecting technologies more portable has been a major development in the fight against counterfeit drugs, according to the MHRA, though the biggest threat comes from online sellers.
03-Mar-2014 - Plans to give customs officers the power to seize and destroy suspected fake medicines as they move through the EU have been welcomed by industry group EFPIA.
30-Jan-2014 - Big pharma rivals are joining forces to pursue a new generation of sophisticated counterfeiters, according to Pfizer and Eli Lilly.
17-Dec-2013 - Firms selling drugs in Brazil have three years to implement track and trace systems capable of monitoring drugs from the factory floor to the pharmacy under a new plan approved...
02-Dec-2013 - A drug industry supply chain group has welcomed the introduction of new US laws designed to make it easier to track pharmaceuticals through the supply chain.
28-Nov-2013 - The US FDA has started work on a national track and trace system for pharmaceuticals after President Barack Obama signed the Drug Quality and Safety Act into law last night.
19-Nov-2013 - US authorities will soon have a new system capable of tracking drugs from the factory floor to the pharmacy shelf after the Senate passed the “Drug Quality and Security Bill”...
05-Nov-2013 - In one of the largest healthcare fraud settlements in US history, Johnson & Johnson has pleaded guilty to introducing a misbranded drug and must pay approximately $2.2bn (€1.6bn) to resolve criminal...
21-Oct-2013 - In calling an unregistered product ‘fake,’ the Ghanaian FDA has sparked a media war with industry, but are critics using this as an excuse to knock the regulators whilst importers...
21-Oct-2013 - Airport customs in Zurich, Switzerland announced Friday that they intercepted more than a million counterfeit drugs labelled as Pfizer’s Xanax.
14-Oct-2013 - The Ghanaian FDA has defended its decision to ban all imports from India' Bliss GVS amid growing industry concerns about the speed of the agency's decision making.
08-Oct-2013 - Bliss GVS says allegations of supplying fake medicines and a blanket ban imposed on its products by the Food and Drugs Authority Ghana (FDA) are both “harsh” and “baffling.”
19-Sep-2013 - The California Board of Pharmacy is proposing to amend the state pharmaceutical track-and-trace legislation to exempt wholesalers from e-pedigree requirements in cases where manufacturers directly ship drugs to pharmacies.
15-Jul-2013 - The EFPIA has selected software firm Solidsoft for its anti-counterfeit European Medicines Verification System (EMVS) powered by Microsoft's cloud-based platform Windows Azure.
11-Jul-2013 - Simple steps to secure Rwanda’s pharma supply chain may serve as an example for other larger African countries looking to curtail the spread of falsified or substandard drugs, experts say....
01-Jul-2013 - The US FDA has taken action against websites illegally selling drugs as part of an international anti-counterfeiting operation.
07-May-2013 - Pfizer has begun selling Viagra online in order to counter the trade in fake versions of its erectile dysfunction drug.
07-May-2013 - In the war against counterfeits, regulators have concentrated on serialisation and ePedigree and missed an opportunity on product authentication, according to AlpVision.
17-Apr-2013 - Sanofi has started making artemisinin using a novel semisynthetic method it says will strengthen the global supplies of malaria drugs.
02-Apr-2013 - The global rise in counterfeit medicine and illegal online pharmacies is a regulatory ongoing battle, according to the MHRA.
27-Feb-2013 - As an FDA commissioned report on counterfeit drugs is released the potential to detect them may lie in a handheld API analyzing device.
29-Jan-2013 - Danish companies that make, use, distribute or import APIs will need to register by March 1 or cease operations according to the Danish Health and Medicines Authority (DKMA).