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Biggest ever Global crackdown on illicit online pharmacies and fake drugs

article shared by Ms. Aline Plancon, INTERPOL enforcement officer and Head , Interpol Medical products counterfeiting and Pharmaceutical Crime Unit

LYON, France: A global operation spanning 100 countries aimed at disrupting the organized crime networks behind the illicit online sale of medicines has resulted in some 80 arrests and the worldwide seizure of 3.75 million units of potentially life-threatening medicines worth USD 10.5 million.
Operation Pangea V, which involved police, customs and national regulatory authorities is the largest Internet-based action of its kind, targeting the international black market of fake and illicit medicines, and raising public awareness of the significant health risks associated with buying medicines online.

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Now manufacturing licences in generic names only
NEW DELHIi : Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, GOI, New Delhi has directed the Principal/Health Secretaries of all States/ Union Territories letter dated 1st Oct, 2012 under Section 33 (P) to to instruct respective licensing authorities to grant/renew manufacturing license of drug formulations in proper/generic name only.
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State FDA seizes drugs worth Rs.113-cr for violating Drugs & Magic Remedies Act

MUMBAI : The Maharashtra Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) has seized medical products worth around Rs.113 crores across the state during the last one year for violating the provisions of Drugs & Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisement) Act 1954. The Act is being enforced to curb the misleading ads with excessive claims of drugs in media like print, electronic, hoardings, in trains, etc.

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Leading Health Care, Law Enforcement and Government Officials Join with Industry and Patient Advocates to Assess State of Counterfeit Medicines

WASHINGTON, D.C.: The Partnership for Safe Medicines (PSM) convened leading domestic and international stakeholders in the fight against counterfeit and substandard medicines, making a renewed commitment to work together and implement new solutions to protect patients worldwide. U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg, in a keynote to the conference, highlighted new efforts her agency is undertaking to reduce the threat and pledged the FDA’s ongoing support to ensure a safe U.S. drug supply.

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FDA Withdraws Approval of Generic Antidepressant

The antidepressant Budeprion XL 300 mg, one of the generic formulations of extended-release bupropion hydrochloride, is not therapeutically equivalent to Wellbutrin XL 300 mg, the brand-name extended-release formulation, and will be removed from the market by the drug's manufacturers, according to an update from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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Health ministry plans revision of Sch P to include new drugs currently marketed

NEW DELHI :The union health ministry may go in for a revision of the Schedule P of the Drugs and Cosmetics (D&C) Act in view of the changes in the pharmaceutical industry in recent times and to include new drugs which had been permitted for manufacturing and marketing in the country.

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Rajasthan's free medicine scheme benefits 200,000 people daily

JAIPUR : The free medicine scheme launched by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot a year ago on Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary Oct 2 has seen a footfall of 70 million people at the distribution centres, officials said Sunday.

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Editor’s Emulsion

“Human rights aren’t just about violence and terrorism. Unsafe drugs too fall into the category. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has described the manufacture, distribution and sale of unsafe drugs and medical devices as a violation of human rights.”

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