Google’s Worldwide Woes

Rich WhitworthThe online sale of pharmaceutical products is a big headache for regulators. The Internet is the counterfeiter’s dream market stall, and virtually begs to be abused. Some surveys suggest that more than 60% of drugs purchased online are fake. But governments and regulators are fighting back. In July, the EMA welcomed a new directive on falsified medicines that had a strong focus on the sale of illegal medicinal products on the Internet—somewhat obscurely referred to as “sale at a distance to the public”—and the European Commission was charged with creating a cryptographic logo to identify legal sites.

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China and India Beef Up Anticounterfeiting Initiatives

Alexis Brekke Pellek PharmTech editorChina said it will work to crack down on counterfeit products such as software, music, organic corn, and pharmaceuticals, according to an article from the Associated Press. The government will launch a six-month campaign focused on eradicating sales of illegally copied and fake goods, said Jiang Zengwei, a deputy commerce minister, at a news conference earlier this week. Read more »

Recent Regulatory Efforts in Africa Aim to Fight Counterfeit Drugs

Alexis Brekke Pellek PharmTech editorImproving drug quality and combating the threat of counterfeit and substandard medications were the goals of recent efforts by regulators and leaders across Africa, where fake drugs are a particularly serious problem. Read more »

Q&A with Systech and Marchesini about Pack Expo 2010

Alexis Brekke Pellek PharmTech editorThe Pack Expo International 2010 show, held by the trade association Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI) in Chicago this week, featured the latest in packaging and processing technologies. Pharmaceutical Technology talked to representatives from two exhibitors, Systech International and Marchesini Group, to discover their impressions of the event. Read more »

Illegitimate Online Pharmacies Drive Counterfeiting, Says Report

Alexis Brekke Pellek PharmTech editorA new report, Phony Drugs, Real Solutions: Practical Anti-counterfeiting Considerations, by technology product design and development firm Cambridge Consultants, gives an update of the problem of counterfeiting and diversion of pharmaceuticals and offers solutions to manufacturers for protecting their brands and consumers. The report’s authors conducted in-depth interviews with leaders from pharmaceutical and biotech sectors, as well as technology developers and industry bodies. Read more »

New Report Addresses Pharma Execs’ Top Supply-Chain Concerns

Alexis Brekke Pellek PharmTech editorIndustry executives revealed their biggest worries for global supply-chain management in a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the analyst firm Axendia that focused on major areas of concern in the pharmaceutical supply chain. The report, titled Achieving Global Supply Chain Visibility, Control & Collaboration in Life Sciences: Business Imperative, Regulatory Necessity, surveyed 112 executives from the pharmaceutical, medical device, and biotechnology sectors. Read more »

FDA Commissioner Hamburg Discusses Counterfeit Drugs at Conference

Alexis Brekke Pellek PharmTech editorDr. Margaret Hamburg, commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, spoke about the growing problem of counterfeit drugs at last Friday’s Counterfeit Drug Interchange Conference in Washington, DC, hosted by the Partnership for Safe Medicines (PSM), a collection of more than 60 non-profit organizations focused on the safety of prescription drugs. Read more »

Sproxil’s Mobile-Phone Technology Tracks Medical and Food Donations, Prevents Diversion

Alexis Brekke Pellek PharmTech editorSproxil, a provider of brand-protection services, has developed a program designed to track donated food and healthcare goods as well as prevent illegal diversion. The company will present its Commitment to Action, “Preventing the Diversion of Medical and Food Donations,” at the 6th annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), taking place September 20–23 in New York City. Read more »

Bringing Online Pharmacies Into Line

Peter HoustonLate last month, MEPs on the European Parliament committee responsible for health voted to include sales of pharmaceuticals over the internet in the European Commission’s draft directive on falsified medicines. With some surveys suggesting that more than 60% of drugs purchased online are fake, bringing internet sales under new mandatory safety rules for pharmaceuticals is aimed at reducing the supply of ‘potentially lethal’ fake medicines in the European Union. Read more »

Europe Votes Yes To Regulate Online Pharmacies

Stephanie Sutton Pharm Tech EuropeA committee of the European Parliament voted yesterday to regulate online pharmacies to prevent falsified medicines from entering the legal supply chain. The committee agreed that the provision should be included in new draft EU legislation regarding falsified medicines and pharmacovigilance. Read more »

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