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.
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.
26-Jan-2012 - Europe is considering forcing API manufacturers to verify the source of starting materials as part of GMP revisions.
17-Jan-2012 - PIC/S has strengthened promotion of global GDP harmonisation and confidentiality in a revision to its documentation.
10-Jan-2012 - The value of counterfeit pharmaceuticals seized at US borders jumped 200 per cent in 2011 as enforcement actions took effect.
09-Jan-2012 - The USP has published draft supply chain integrity guidance outlining steps to stop counterfeit or adulterated drugs reaching patients.
20-Dec-2011 - Counterfeit anti-malarials containing the Viagra API were probably manufactured in Southeast Asia, researchers found.
15-Dec-2011 - A treaty on medicine quality is needed to fix the major public health problem of substandard drugs, according to academics.
28-Nov-2011 - Industry reluctance to share information on economic adulteration is hindering FDA efforts to tackle tainted ingredients, a GAO report found.
24-Nov-2011 - The EC is seeking industry comments before implementing the serialisation aspect of the falsified medicines directive.
15-Nov-2011 - Wholesalers’ trust in the quality of products from some countries could decrease vigilance and allow counterfeits to reach pharmacies, research found.
20-Oct-2011 - Avantor is to offer tamper-evident seals on all its pharma raw material and excipient containers by the end of the year.
17-Oct-2011 - Spam filtering and identification is needed to stop Twitter becoming another platform for pushers of fake or substandard drugs, researchers say.
13-Oct-2011 - Sproxil and Orange have separately expanded text messaging anti-counterfeiting services in Kenya to tackle fake drugs.
12-Oct-2011 - The FDA has published final guidance on the use of excipients as anti-counterfeiting tools in solid oral dosage forms.
26-Sep-2011 - Ukraine's parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, has voted unanimously in favour of new legislation which will criminalise the production and trafficking of counterfeit drugs.
21-Sep-2011 - Rx-360 has begun its audit sharing programme to increase knowledge about suppliers and the quality of pharmaceutical raw materials.
15-Sep-2011 - The FDA needs additional powers to update its “antiquated, domestically-focused statute” and end the “competitive advantage of non-compliance”, an agency official said.
24-Aug-2011 - Drug counterfeiters are using the Caribbean as a transport hub to ship fake pharmaceutical around the world according to the Antigua Pharmaceutical Society.
24-Aug-2011 - The UAE needs overseas investment to kick-start its pharmaceutical manufacturing sector and end reliance on foreign imports, the DCCI says.
04-Aug-2011 - HP has launched a global authentication service it says will help identify counterfeit and stolen pharmaceuticals.
18-Jul-2011 - Europe has proposed draft distribution guidance in response to globalisation and threats to the pharmaceutical supply chain.
18-Jul-2011 - Physical endurance, traceability and uniqueness are key characteristics for tamper evident devices used in raw material supply, according to Rx-360.
13-Jul-2011 - Congress must grant the FDA additional powers to bring oversight of manufacturing inline with shifts in production practices, according to a report.
04-Jul-2011 - The USP has published a free, online collection of standards to support drug quality, particularly where regulatory resources are limited.