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.
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).
17-Jan-2013 - People who report illegal drug production could now earn up to 300,000 Yuan ($48,250) under a revised reward scheme launched by the SFDA.
18-Sep-2012 - Reports citing WHO data on the number of fake drugs produced and sold in India are wrong according to the CDSCO.
20-Aug-2012 - The SFDA will name and shame companies and individuals responsible for violations of drug and medical device laws in a public blacklist.
24-Jul-2012 - Four of the biggest pharma manufacturing associations are calling for more patient awareness of the burgeoning issue of fake drugs sold on the internet.
18-Jun-2012 - GE has told the EC the need to test how RFID affects biologic stability means it is too costly to use in anti-counterfeiting.
14-Jun-2012 - Mettler Toledo is taking its ramped-up track and trace offering to the US in a bid to plug what it says is a sizeable gap in the market.
04-Jun-2012 - The new Generic Drugs User Fee Act (GDUFA) means a “level playing field” for drugmakers, according to SOCMA members.
09-May-2012 - The Indian government says multinational companies are running “a concerted campaign” against its generics industry.
23-Apr-2012 - The American Business Council (ABC) has warned US drugsmakers working in Pakistan to brace themselves for supply chain disruptions as the Government imposes heavy delays on the process used to...
16-Apr-2012 - Merck & Co has asked the FDA for a “clear and unambiguous” definition of crude heparin to improve draft guidance.
10-Apr-2012 - USP plans to open a laboratory and training centre in Ghana to strengthen quality control and offer services in sub-Saharan Africa.
05-Apr-2012 - The G20 should add investment in developing countries’ regulatory systems to its agenda to secure the drug supply chain, an IOM report said.
04-Apr-2012 - The FDA has found counterfeits of a Roche oncology drug in US medical practices six weeks after the discovery of fake Avastin.
29-Mar-2012 - An academic has questioned the wisdom of longer maximum penalties for counterfeiters at a House meeting to discuss sentencing.
28-Mar-2012 - In the first six months of fiscal 2011 tests of drug samples found 1,420 substandard pharmaceuticals in India.
27-Mar-2012 - More than four-fifths of anti-malarials sampled in Nigeria failed to meet USP specifications for one of the APIs, researchers found.
01-Mar-2012 - The UN has urged Governments to crack down on the growing number of fake drugs being sold online.
06-Feb-2012 - The WHO is urging countries to collaborate on tackling substandard drugs and strengthening supply chains at a new annual meeting.
02-Feb-2012 - The US FDA has called for more authority to ensure any track-and-trace system is binding for industry and pre-empts state laws.