One of two men from Turkey that federal authorities accused of smuggling counterfeit cancer drugs to the U.S. labeled as gifts or documents has admitted he is guilty.
China has established new rules to protect its pharma supply from counterfeiting and allow for faster recalls, but the government shortened the timeframe for meeting them: forcing drumakers and contractors to scramble to catch up.
The World Health Organization says counterfeit and substandard antibiotics are getting into the global supply chain and creating resistance to treatments while fueling the emergence of so-called superbugs.
Germany is implementing a system that allows the authenticity of drugs to be checked at the pharmacy level to protect against counterfeits.
Authorities recovered drugs worth $31.4 million, arrested 237 people worldwide and were able to close down 10,603 websites over a 10-day crackdown.
The FDA more than a year ago warned cancer docs that it had discovered a counterfeit of Roche's Avastin being shipped from a supplier in New York. Now authorities have come down hard on the owners of the company, indicting them on 73 counts for selling more than $17 million worth of fake or unapproved drugs.
European authorities are warning that vials of Roche's cancer med Herceptin that were stolen in Italy are now showing up across the continent with little or none of its active ingredient.
Track-and-trace is on its way. Eli Lilly, with its 10-year history of fighting counterfeits, is in a good position to make the switch, and now it's putting the wheels in motion to get the project underway.
One tactic of U.S. authorities in fighting the onslaught of illegally imported and sometimes counterfeit drugs is to prosecute doctors who bought them knowing they came from outside the legitimate supply chain. A Missouri doctor whose practice, The Youthful Body, bought a foreign version of Allergan's Botox to get a deal is now going to jail for just that.
Labels on shipments to a St. Louis, MO, suburb, arranged by two men from Turkey said they contained "gifts" and "documents." Instead, federal prosecutors and the FDA said the shipments were illegal, and sometimes counterfeit, cancer drugs being smuggled in from outside the U.S.