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  • New authentication tool for counterfeit medicines Subscription

    4 SEP 2014 15:56 By Sid Dajani
    Comments (1)

    As Peter McAuley (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2014;293:180), Umakant Patel (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2014;293:151) and others have previously highlighted, ...

  • Ensure that no counterfeit medicines enter the supply chain Subscription

    21 AUG 2014 By Peter McAuley
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    I would like to comment on the news item in The Pharmaceutical Journal regarding falsified medicines (2014;293:100). The piece claims that the time taken to test whether a pack is counterfeit will be less than a second.

  • Counterfeit medicines could contain placebos or poisons Subscription

    11 AUG 2014 11:12

    21 July 2014: BBC Scotland investigated the counterfeit goods market and found that it is worth £10m a year. Speaking to BBC 2’s ‘Scotland 2014’, Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) spokesman Neal Patel focused on the dangers that counterfeit medicines pose to the individual. “The real danger is that you’ll get hold of either a placebo — and by that I mean something that doesn’t work — so it doesn’t treat a condition that could potentially be life threatening,” he said. “Or, more seriously, ...

  • Building of the European Commission in Brussels

    Medicines regulator consults on which medicines should carry anti-counterfeit features

    7 AUG 2014 12:17 By Debbie Andalo

    Plans to introduce safety features on prescription medicines to prove authenticity will allow for a “white list” of excluded products.

  • Verifying genuine pharmaceutical products will be difficult to implement Subscription

    7 AUG 2014 10:15 By Umakant Patel
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    In most big IT projects software providers have over promised and under delivered and at a far higher final cost. I do not believe it will be any different when it comes to verifying genuine pharmaceutical products (2014;293:587). One billion items are dispensed every year. Assuming it takes one second to check each item physically, this equates to about 280,000 hours of labour.

  • Poisons in counterfeit products Subscription

    25 JUL 2014 16:49

    RPS’s Neal Patel spoke to BBC Scotland about the counterfeits goods market.

  • Software will take milliseconds to identify fake medicines

    23 JUL 2014 12:07

    Systems for verifying that medicines are authentic at the point of dispensing will take just a few hundred milliseconds to complete the task, software providers have claimed.

  • Logo

    New logo a badge of authenticity for online pharmacies in EU

    27 JUN 2014 15:14 By Harriet Adcock

    The European Commission has launched a logo for use by online pharmacies and companies selling non-prescription medicines to show customers that the site is legal

  • Counterfeit medicine

    Fit to sell over the counter

    21 JUN 2014

    Men with erectile dysfunction often turn to the internet to avoid having to ask for treatment from their doctors. The catch is that counterfeit medicines are rife online — the likelihood of men obtaining dodgy pills is high. 

  • John Chave

    Germany hosts European pilot scheme to fight drug counterfeiting

    9 JUN 2014 0:00

    A system to identify counterfeit medicines is to be rolled out in pharmacies across Germany as a stepping-stone to Europe-wide protection for patients against the danger of fake prescription drugs.

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