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-Mar-2016 - Security is the top priority for the database intended to stop fake drugs entering European supply chains according to EFPIA.
10-Mar-2016 - The Swiss importer that supplied fake Harvoni to Israel has named the Indian manufacturer from which it bought the drug and is cooperating with an investigation say regulators.
30-Sep-2015 - The FDA will begin destroying drugs which are refused entry to the US instead of returning them to their sender.
21-Sep-2015 - South African Police shut down three counterfeit drug making plants last weekend in an INTERPOL-co-ordinated operation that seized 150 tonnes of fake medicines.
15-Sep-2015 - A Florida company is recalling 26 sexual enhancement and diet pills after the US FDA discovered some contain undeclared active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs).
27-Aug-2015 - A UK man has been sentenced to 16 months in prison for smuggling illegal erectile dysfunction drugs following an MHRA investigation.
18-Aug-2015 - As part of European efforts to help stem the spread of counterfeit medicines, the European Commission has laid out the details of a key part of its Falsified Medicines Directive...
23-Jul-2015 - The first part of a Europe-wide database intended to help identify fake drugs is operational after being linked to Germany’s securPharm system.
15-Jul-2015 - The founder of a phony pharma company which made $12m importing fake chemo drugs to the US has been banned for life by the US FDA from working with any...
02-Jul-2015 - More evidence linking fake pharmaceuticals and organised crime emerged today with Dutch police seizing suspicious Viagra pills along with cocaine, MDMA and burglary tools.
24-Jun-2015 - The US FDA has seized illegal medicines and medical devices sold by more than 1,050 websites.
23-Jun-2015 - Industry efforts set up a drug database to help Europeans identify fake pharmaceuticals progressed this week after thee software firms signed development deals with project leader, EMVO.
09-Apr-2015 - Fighting drug fakers relies on collaboration according to supply chain security group RX-360, which says drugmakers put rivalries on hold in the war against counterfeiters.
01-Apr-2015 - Learn more about pharmaceutical fakes at in-Pharmatechnologist.com's Anti-Counterfeiting Forum on April 16, 2016.
26-Mar-2015 - Makers and distributors of APIs (active pharmaceutical ingredients) will have to track their products throughout the supply chain and meet rules on cold chain transport and outsourcing under revised guidance...
23-Mar-2015 - The WHO’s latest report on substandard/spurious/falsely-labelled/falsified/counterfeit (SSFFC) medical products has the organization divvying up certain responsibilities for controlling the fraudulent products between countries.
10-Mar-2015 - The Danish and Austrian authorities have warned against toxic food supplements ahead of an EU-wide safety logo set to crack down on illegal retailers posing as online pharmacies.
12-Feb-2015 - The increase in dodgy erectile dysfunction drugs seized in Switzerland does not mean the country is a weak point for counterfeiters shipping to Europe according to Swissmedic.
04-Feb-2015 - Most pharmaceutical companies are already behind on preparations for the EU Falsified Medicines Directive’s serialisation requirements for 2018, says one services firm.
26-Jan-2015 - A second man has received a prison sentence after counterfeit vials of a Roche cancer drug containing no API were seized in 2012.
12-Jan-2015 - The US FDA has published an import alert for an Australian manufacturing site of Eli Lilly after the agency found that its Cialis pills were tainted with the active ingredient...
08-Jan-2015 - Regulatory enforcement saw fewer counterfeit drug websites in 2014 but sellers are turning to YouTube and social media sites to advertise their products, according to the MHRA.
05-Jan-2015 - The US FDA will give drugmakers and distributors until May to comply with new track and trace laws in order to minimise disruptions in the supply chain.
16-Dec-2014 - Patients and pharmacists can now use smartphones to check biologics are genuine with a new Merck Serono tech launched to combat counterfeiters' growing interest in high-value biopharma drugs.
15-Oct-2014 - Drug active ingredients in food supplements are Europe’s real falsified medicines problem according to the head of AIFA’s counterfeit prevention team.