Officials say that Armenia is at serious risk from imported fake medicines since its adhesion to the Eurasian Economic Union. The Russian market is a major target for fake medicines and pharmaceutical products and this increases the risk of such products penetrating the Armenian market. The new draft law on medicines would set limits for all wholesale and retail prices. An enforced reference price would be approved by the government after the law is passed. These measures will ensure that medicine imports to Armenia will be safer and more closely monitored.
Israeli startup, Consumer Physics, has implemented new, cutting-edge technology for various uses by miniaturizing a spectrometer to the size of a keyring and pairing it with an infrared laser. The tool can make life simpler for diabetics, for example, by counting calories or analyzing the nutritional value of foodstuffs. It could also potentially be used for analyzing ingredients in medicines, meaning that fake and real medicines could be told apart. The ultimate goal is to integrate the technology into a smartphone.
Fake anti-influenza medicines and 1,500 jars of unlicensed sweetener stevia were seized by officials in Arequipa, Peru, during a village fête. In response to an increasing influx of fake products, Peru is preparing a public awareness campaign, “La Medicina Bamba Mata” to remind people that medicines and health products must be purchased in licensed pharmacies.
Senegalese police seized 1.5 tons of fake medicines and foodstuffs which were unfit for consumption. It was in this context that the Senegalese president, during the Council of Ministers of May 25, 2016, asked his government to tighten up monitoring of illicit sales of consumer goods and medicines and also to develop an early warning plan.
The police opened a micro-cosmetic surgery investigation after a young woman was almost blinded in her right eye following nose-reshaping surgery. Officials arrested the owners of the clinic in which the operation had taken place. Both so-called “surgeons” had set up their business after only several days of training which included practicing operations on family and friends. One employee had no medical training whatsoever. Police raided the clinic and confiscated fake medicines but did not find any equipment for disinfecting instruments. Five suspects have been arrested.