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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.

Anti-counterfeiting: EMD Serono lets patients scan meds on iPhone

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.

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Food supplements are Europe's real counterfeit drug problem says AIFA expert

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.

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EDQM set to fight fakes and forge closer ties with EMA

07-Oct-2014 - Counterfeit drugs and collaboration will be key topics for the EDQM say delegates at the organisation's 50th anniversary conference on Monday.

India accuses American Enterprise Institute researchers of "smear campaign"

29-Sep-2014 - The Indian Government has accused the authors of a paper analysing the quality of drugs sold in Africa of leading an attack on the Indian drug industry, but researcher Roger...

GS1 offers guide for adhering to new US supply chain security law

24-Sep-2014 - As the US Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) traceability requirements become mandatory in 2015, standards group GS1 is offering a 137-page guideline to help manufacturers follow the new stipulations.

Gangsters imported fake drugs from Asia says Europol

02-Sep-2014 - Millions of fake pharmaceuticals seized earlier today were imported from Asia by an organised crime group that planned to sell them online say European law enforcement agencies that co-ordinated the...

WHO and USP programme to help manufacturers of key drugs

19-Jun-2014 - The WHO, the United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) will work with regulators to help countries manufacture a key tuberculosis drug.

Two more Roche biologics stolen, say Italian authorities

11-Jun-2014 - Vials of two Roche biologics have been stolen and distributed illegally from Italy, say authorities.

US FDA proposes rule to tighten supply chain by destroying illegal imports

07-May-2014 - The US FDA is proposing a new rule that would allow the agency to destroy a drug valued at $2,500 or less that has been refused admission into the US. 

Discovery of tampered vials leads to Roche cancer drug recall

16-Apr-2014 - Roche has recalled nine batches of breast cancer drug Herceptin after tampered vials were discovered in the UK, Finland and Germany.


Sugar in place of APIs discovered in EU's largest fake drug seizure

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.

Counterfeit crackdown: EDQM launches fake drug database

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.

Portable tech advancing fight against counterfeits, says MHRA

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.

EU votes to let customs stop and destroy fake drugs shipped through Europe

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.

Pfizer, Lilly and other giants team up to fight counterfeits

30-Jan-2014 - Big pharma rivals are joining forces to pursue a new generation of sophisticated counterfeiters, according to Pfizer and Eli Lilly.

Brazil gives drugmakers 3 years to set up 2D track and trace system

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...

News in brief

Rx-360 welcomes new US track and trace laws

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.


Happy Thanksgiving - US track and trace plans signed into law

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.

US set for track and trace after Senate passes quality and security Bill

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”...

Johnson & Johnson to pay $2.2bn in Risperdal misbranding case

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...


Unregistered vs fake - How terminology sparked a media war in Ghana

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...

Swiss intercept 400kg of counterfeit Xanax en route to Egypt

21-Oct-2013 - Airport customs in Zurich, Switzerland announced Friday that they intercepted more than a million counterfeit drugs labelled as Pfizer’s Xanax.

Ghana FDA defends blanket ban after calling Bliss' anti-malaria drug 'fake'

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.

Drugs are not fake, says Indian drugmaker 'baffled' by Ghana FDA ban

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.”


California to amend track and trace law to deal with ‘drop shipments’

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.

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