Zimbabwe : Zimbabwe Health Agency warns of fake cough medicines for children

As part of an ongoing police investigation, the Health Agency was informed that fake Flumed® was sold in a pharmacy in Harare. To date, several investigations have been carried out, and it is strongly suspected that the fake Flumed® syrup “is substandard”. The details on the product label do not match the genuine manufacturing records. Screening results of the fake product revealed that the active ingredients are at sub-therapeutic levels. The fake products are sold as “Flumed” and bear batch number 260511 with May 2021 as an expiry date.

Source : www.herald.co

Togo : Six African presidents to attend Lomé Fake Medicines Summit on January 17 and 18

The Togo government and the Brazzaville Foundation are jointly organizing a Summit to tackle fake medicines which aims to: adopt new legislation to penalize fake medicines trafficking; implement adequate procedures on a national level to ensure that criminal legislation is strictly applied; and encourage other African countries to join the fight.
The event organizers report that six heads of state have already confirmed that they will attend the Summit: Adama Barrow, Gambia; Denis Sassou N’Guesso, the Republic of Congo; Mahamadou Issoufou, Niger; Macky Sall, Senegal; Yoweri Museveni, Uganda; and Summit host, Faure Gnassingbé.
Key members of the Brazzaville Foundation are also expected to attend the event, including Jean-Yves Ollivier, Brazzaville Foundation President, Joyce Banda, former President of Malawi, Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria, Kgalema Motlanthe, former President of South Africa, Amama Mbabazi, former Prime Minister of Uganda, Amara Essy, former Prime Minister of Côte d’Ivoire, and Kabiné Komara, former Prime Minister of Guinea.

Source : www.adiac-congo.com

Pakistan : 50,000 raids conducted in 2019 against fake and sub-standard medicines

According to the NTF (National Task Force) report, the Drap (Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan) carried out 51,194 inspections and detected 7,135 Drap Act 2012 violations between January and November 2019.
The report reveals that the following cases were registered: 587 cases of unregistered medicine sales; 1,710 cases of medicine sales without warranty/false warranty; 1,895 cases of medicine sales without a medicine sales license; 830 cases of medicine sales without a qualified person; and 390 cases of expired medicine sales.
A further 222 cases of misbranded medicine sales, 11 cases of fake medicine sales and 513 cases of unsatisfactory storage conditions were also reported.

Source : www.dawn.com

Dubai : Dubai to implement comprehensive medicine track and trace system in 2020

In 2017 the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) introduced a barcoding system based on Matrix GS1 data codes which display a medicine’s Global Trade Identification Number (GTIN), expiry date and batch number. The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has announced that, for the first time ever, a new monitoring system will be able to track medicines manufactured in the United Arab Emirates and abroad “from the production line until they reach the patient”. The authority has met with pharmaceutical manufacturing and distribution companies to discuss setting up the new system.

Source : www.khaleejtimes.com