China : China adopts new vaccine law following recent discovery of fake products

The new ‘vaccine management law’, adopted at the end of June, includes tougher penalties for parties that manufacture or distribute fake vaccines, including hefty fines, as well as tighter monitoring of the entire vaccine supply chain. The law will come into effect on 1 December 2019 and provides for new inspection teams to be set up at national and local levels to supervise production and distribution. A new electronic information system will make vaccine information trackable. The records, which must be retained for at least five years after the expiry of the vaccine, will include data such as production and packaging information, expiry date, the date of vaccination, and the identities of the healthcare workers giving the vaccines as well as the recipients. When it comes to penalties, the government has introduced fines of 15 to 50 times the value of falsified/counterfeit vaccines, and 10 to 30 times the value of substandard products, for those involved in their production or sale.

Source : www.securingindustry.com

UAE : UAE introduces strict import measures for medical products to stop the entry of fake medicines

In an interview with the Khaleej Times, officials said that the UAE has introduced stringent medical product importation measures to stop the entry of fake medicines into the country. To date, importation is only authorized for licensed, registered and regularly inspected medical stores. These registered facilities will only be allowed to import medical products through the Mohap import system where they acquire necessary approvals that include technical auditing for each import request. The registration process has been implemented to ensure that the products are tracked from the initial steps of manufacturing all the way through to the patient’s administration in terms of quality, safety and efficacy.
“General trading companies, hospitals, pharmacies or any non-licensed establishments are not allowed to import medicines, medical devices, precursor chemicals or any other related products. This is ensured by custom authorities who work closely with the ministry,” said Dr Fatima.

Source : www.khaleejtimes.com

Togo : 5.5 tons of illicit medicines seized in one week

Police seized 5.5 tons of fake medicines during a major crackdown on illicit medicine trafficking. A total of 3 tons and 700kg were seized at Lomé’s main market when a truck transporting illicit medicines to a store was intercepted. A fake pharmacy was identified. The haul included: antianemia preparations, vitamins, antibiotics, appetite stimulants, expectorants, cough medicine, anti-colic medicines, antimalarial medicine, painkillers and anthelmintics, etc.

Source : www.togotopinfos.com

The Netherlands : First case of counterfeiting identified by European medicines review system: Dutch wholesaler uncovers batch of fake Avastin

Four boxes of fake products in Bulgarian packaging were found at a Dutch pharmaceutical wholesale company. The fake products were detected when the wholesaler scanned one of the boxes, as is now compulsory since the introduction of the Falsified Medicines Directive. This is the first case of forgery to be caught by the European medicines review system. Patients were not exposed to the illicit products as the fake packages were intercepted before they reached pharmacy shelves. The medicine manufacturer’s lab screening results indicate that only the medicine packaging was fake.

Source : www.novinite.com

India : Government plans to make barcodes mandatory for all medicines sold in India

The Government is planning to make barcodes mandatory for all medicines sold in India with the aim of putting a stop to India’s growing reputation as a source of fake medicines. Even though a system is already in place for medical devices and exported medicines, to guarantee that they are authentic and ensure they can be tracked, the Health Ministry is also planning to take a tough stance for the domestic market, despite opposition from medicine manufacturers.

Source : www.livemint.com