Counterfeit drugs kill and increased international collaboration is essential to defeat this $200-billion-a-year industry. A global effort is underway to mobilise awareness and action against the scourge. Until now, World Health Organisation (WHO) led concerted efforts with its International Medical Products Anti-Counterfeiting Taskforce (IMPACT) initiative, by engaging with police and customs agencies to address counterfeit and illegal medicines.
Delhi Govt to tighten checks on sale of banned drugs in medical stores
NEW DELHI, 22 July: Amid reports of continued sale of banned drugs and in the wake of recent raids mounted in the chemist shops in the National Capital, the Drug Control Department under the Delhi Government has decided to strengthen the vigil and action against the sale of banned drugs.
BRICS countries vow to help poor nations in health
BEIJING (AP) — The world's top emerging countries banded together Monday to help fight diseases in the poorest countries, pledging to explore the transfer of technologies to the developing world to enable poor nations to produce cheap and effective lifesaving medicines.
Czech Police Find Hundreds Of Thousands Of Fake Pills
Czech police announced today that they busted an organized crime ring that had a factor that made “hundreds of thousands of [counterfeit] tablets.”
The crime ring, composed of ex-athletes, body builders, fitness trainers and coaches, produced and sold counterfeit anabolic steroids and other hormone-based drugs.
Bacteria found in counterfeit CIBA Vision contact lenses
Singapore, 20 July: The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) raided five optical shops and found counterfeit CIBA VISION contact lenses.
The counterfeit lenses were fraudulently labelled as "FreshLook ColorBlends" Contact Lenses from CIBA VISION and found to be unsafe and of poor quality.
Indian scientists extract liver cancer drug from babool tree bark
Varanasi, A drug extracted from the bark of a commonly found tree has been found having the potential to cure liver cancer, according Indian researchers.
The experimental drug developed from the extract of Acacia nilotica tree, which is known as babool in local parlance, has shown efficacy against cancer cells when tested on rats.