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No Shortcuts to Health and Safety: The Threat of Counterfeit Drugs ...
Bryan A. Liang, MD, PhD
(Originally published in the San Diego County Bar Association's
publication, San Diego Lawyer Magazine)
medications have been identified in virtually every country in this
hemisphere and around the world. Importantly for San Diego, the FDA
confirmed that a number of drugs purchased by U.S. citizens in Mexico
were counterfeit, and issued a warning that the influx of fake medicines
into the United States represented a means by which terrorists could
more to learn about the threat of counterfeit drugs...
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Drugs: Issues, Explanations, and Avoidance Tools"
California Partnership for Access to Treatment invites you to a complimentary
luncheon seminar on the impact of counterfeit prescription drugs in
California and our nation.
A. Liang, Professor of Law
Executive Director, Institute of Health Law Studies
Co-Director & Adjunct Associate Professor of Anesthesiology,
San Diego Center for Patient Safety, University of California,
San Diego School of Medicine
Liang will address the major issues surrounding counterfeit drugs, including:
- Extent to which we use pharmaceuticals in the US
- Scope of the problem here and around the world
- Kinds of harm associated with counterfeits
- Key reasons why the problem is so extensive
- Tools to protect ourselves against counterfeits
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of prescription drugs surges across globe
February 28, 2007
By the Associated Press
of prescription drugs is about to exceed the use of illicit street
narcotics worldwide, and the shift has spawned a lethal new trade
in counterfeit painkillers, sedatives and other medicines potent enough
to kill, a global watchdog warned. Click
for full article.
your medicine dangerous to your health?
February 18, 2007
By Tom Zoellner
call it the most perfect crime in medicine: Buy some empty gelatin
capsules, fill them with worthless powder, print up a phony label
and sell them to a drug wholesaler who has no scruples or just chooses
to look the other way. Click
here for full article.
New survey finds counterfeit products cost global economy billions
Voice of America
February 8, 2007
By Lisa Schlein
a fake Gucci bag or a $25 Rolex watch won't kill anyone. But, buying
counterfeit medicine can cause serious disability and even death as
Robert Mallett, senior vice president of the pharmaceutical firm Pfizer
here for full article.
New technique can identify counterfeit drugs
January 30, 2007
new method of verifying the ingredients of a pharmaceutical product
without opening the package is more accurate than the conventional
methods of analysis, scientists in the UK report in a new study. Click
here for full article.
OF COUNTERFEIT DRUGS:
- Food and Drug Administration's counterfeit drug investigations
have more than quadrupled since the late 1990s.
- The Pharmaceutical Security Institute, a not-for-profit public health
group, estimates that $200 million in prescriptions in 2003 (latest
statistics) were counterfeit or tainted -- a seven-fold increase over
the previous year.
- And the World Health Organization estimates that counterfeit drugs
are now a $32 billion-a-year business.
- Counterfeit drugs previously centered around lifestyle drugs, such
as Viagra, but they have spread to be common for in medicines for
cancer, cholesterol and the flu and contraceptives.
the Washington Post "Raising the Alarm on the Rise of
Counterfeit Drugs." April 5, 2005. Available at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A26552-2005Apr4.html
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