Report: Microsoft Bing Enables Counterfeit Pharmaceutical Sales

Alexis Brekke Pellek PharmTech editorA new report shows that sponsored links on Bing, Microsoft’s new search engine, led to illegal Internet pharmacies. Of the advertisements studied, 89.7% led to what the report calls “rogue” pharmacies that break federal and state laws, as well as Microsoft’s advertising policies in several ways, most notably by not requiring prescriptions for prescription drugs and for selling counterfeits. Read more »

Reports Point to Increased Counterfeit Drug Activity

Alexis Brekke Pellek PharmTech editorA new report released by OpSec Security, a provider of anticounterfeiting and brand protection services, found an increased amount of illicit behavior in sales of bulk pharmaceuticals and prescription drugs over the Internet. Read more »

An International Web May Trap Pharma Counterfeiters, but It Won’t Keep Them for Long

Angie Drakulich PharmTech editorOne of the International Criminal Police Organization’s (Interpol) six priority crime research areas is drugs and criminal organizations. As reported in the New York Times on July 20, the organization is working with an informal group of researchers and government officials in Africa, Asia, and the US to track counterfeit drugs that claim to treat malaria, a disease that takes nearly 1 million lives a year. Read more »

When Substandard Drugs and Developing Nations Collide

Angie Drakulich PharmTech editorA new report from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), says that West Africa has “increasingly become the target of a range of counterfeit medications, including antibiotics, antiretroviral drugs and medicines to fight malaria and tuberculosis.”

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Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals on the Internet

Alexis Brekke Pellek PharmTech editorGerman authorities busted a counterfeit-drug ring yesterday selling fake Viagra (Pfizer, New York) via Internet pharmacy websites, according to an Agence France-Presse report. After a months-long investigation involving 60 customs officers, seven prosecutors and 25 tax investigators, raids in five cities produced 46,000 counterfeit Viagra tablets, frozen bank accounts in Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, France, and Turkey, four confiscated luxury vehicles, 15,000 euros ($21,000) in cash, and four people in police custody. Read more »

California ePedigree Q&A with Oracle’s Arvindh Balakrishnan

Alexis Brekke Pellek PharmTech editorLast week’s post discussed industry reactions to the delay of California’s ePedigree implementation deadline from 2011 to 2015 for pharmaceutical manufacturers. This week, PharmTech Talk caught up with Arvindh Balakrishnan, vice-president of the Life Sciences Industry Business Unit at Oracle, to get his thoughts on the California Board of Pharmacy’s decision. Read more »

Industry Reactions to California’s ePedigree Delay

Alexis Brekke Pellek PharmTech editorGov. Schwarzenegger recently signed a bill that extends California’s serialization and ePedigree implementation deadline to 2015 for manufacturers, 2016 for wholesalers, and 2017 for pharmacies. The postponement gives industry more time to prepare, but meanwhile, the supply chain continues to be vulnerable without the ability to track and trace prescription drugs. Read more »

The War on IP Theft

Alexis Brekke Pellek PharmTech editorThis week, President Bush signed a bill aimed at strengthening the protection of intellectual property. The Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property (PRO-IP) Act is designed to defend software, entertainment media, pharmaceuticals, and other goods from piracy and counterfeiting. Read more »

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