The amount of illegal diazepam tablets commandeered at the border of the UK doubled last year, according to a report.
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A week-long awareness-raising campaign has been launched to combat the spread of substandard and falsified medicines.
A warning letter has been issued by the FDA for products illegally marketed for the treatment of health conditions, including opioid withdrawal symptoms.
Research has found that up to 60 percent of results for medicines on search engines present potentially counterfeit pharmaceutical products.
In February this year the EU Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) came into effect. Rich Quelch assesses this latest regulatory attempt to rid the supply chain of dangerous falsified products and reflects on the industry’s need to keep ahead of the game to future-protect itself.
The articles in this In-Depth Focus delve into the effectiveness of the FMD and why it is necessary as well as how drug manufacturers need to become innovative in their processes.
A medical centre in Hong Kong had 76 boxes of an HPV vaccine seized after a complaint from a patient who experienced adverse side effects.
Substandard and counterfeit drugs can negatively impact the pharmaceutical industry and patients. Here, we investigate counterfeits in south-east Asia and possible solutions.
Effective drug serialisation and identification is essential for improving the safety of medicines and combatting counterfeits. The Falsified Medicines Directive’s new requirements promise to crack down on the impacts of unsafe drugs. Neil Piper discusses the human cost of falsified medicines and how companies need to increase traceability of individual…
Whether by ignorance of the latest best practices, or willful disregard for patient safety, the results of careless practice can often be fatal. The articles in this in-depth focus highlight how regulatory bodies are taking action to raise the industry’s game.
Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionisation (MALDI) time-of-flight (TOF) mass spectrometry (MS) has proven to be an excellent technique for identification of illegally distributed peptides and proteins for human use. The identification of proteins is mainly based on peptide mass fingerprinting (PMF) – ie, the bottom-up approach – while the small proteins and…
Recent developments of Raman spectroscopy for the qualitative analysis of falsified and substandard medicines
Quality medicines are essential to any healthcare system and are the final goal of any pharmaceutical manufacturer. Unfortunately, as stated recently by the World Health Organization (WHO), one in 10 medical products circulating in low and middle-income countries is either substandard or falsified (SF products).1 Although the exact prevalence of…