Nigeria : Two suspects arrested during an illicit medicines investigation

Police in Lagos have busted a syndicate which specialized in importing fake and banned drugs from Pakistan to Nigeria. Two suspects have been arrested. During the container check, fake and contraband medicines, including antibiotics, cough syrup, and abortion pills, among others, were discovered. Most of the products bore the name of a popular pharmaceutical company.

Source : www.vanguardngr.com

Ireland : Health Minister warns against using unlicensed prescription medicines for treating COVID-19

Unlicensed drugs have been illegally imported into Northern Ireland claiming to be for the treatment of COVID-19, Health Minister Robin Swann has said. Some of these so-called medicines could potentially do more harm than the virus.
The minister said: “I urge the public not to be fooled by online offers for medical products. […] Be in no doubt, medicines sourced in this way present a real danger to those taking them. […] This problem is not something we can tackle in isolation and my department will continue to work with other agencies to disrupt the supply of illegal medicines.”

Source : www.irishexaminer.com

Congo : New pharmacy register to improve medicine traceability

Dr Boniface Okouya, Department of Pharmacy and Medicines (DPM) Director, announced on July 22, 2020, that a new register will be introduced. Pharmacists will be required to record prescribed products which are not OTC medicines and their prescribers in the register. In a presentation during a conference he held at the UN Information Centre, Dr Okouya said that the new procedure will improve traceability and monitor how certain pharmaceuticals are dispensed.

Source : www.adiac-congo.com

Ireland : Fake anti-anxiety medication causes several deaths

Falsified versions of benzodiazepine Ksalol – a brand of alprazolam sold by generic drugmaker Galenika – have led to several deaths and admissions to hospital in Ireland, according to local media reports. Use of the pills, which are sold for as little as €2 apiece on the street and are known as ‘castles’, accelerated during the coronavirus lockdown. While some of the fakes have no active ingredient at all, some are thought to contain fentanyl and analogues that can be 100 times more potent than morphine, and up to 50 times more potent than heroin, raising the risk of overdose.

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Canada : Pill press seized during prescription medicine trafficking crackdown

Late last month, the RNC Drug Investigation Unit (DIU) seized a commercial grade pill press as part of Operation Rhino. The press can manufacture 20,000 pills in one hour. Police believe it was used to produce illicit medicines which were being advertised as prescription medication. The pill press is thought to have been purchased illegally off the dark web and is the first of its kind to be seized in the province.

Source : www.thetelegram.com