Mexico : Health agency issues two health warnings after identifying fake flu vaccines

In an initial warning, health agency (Cofepris) states that Sanofi Pasteur has reported the falsification and marketing of Fluzone Quadrivalent f.f. with health registration number 146M2014 and lot numbers: EUH2174AC, EUH071AB and E0H071AB, all with an expiry date of January 22. Because this vaccine has not yet been registered for use in the Mexican market no batches have been distributed yet.
The second alert is for the illegal marketing of Vaxigrip f.f. suspension, with health registration number 478M96 SSA, also produced by Sanofi Pasteur, with batch numbers U3J091V and U3J481V, both with an expiry date of June 21. This product is to be used exclusively in the healthcare sector and must not be sold or used in hospitals, GP clinics, pharmacies or any other private institution because its safety and efficacy are not guaranteed.

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USA : Amazon launches Amazon Pharmacy

In 2018 Amazon acquired online pharmacy PillPack for $750M. The US e-commerce giant has recently cranked up a gear and now sells prescription medicines on its website via the Amazon Pharmacy app.
An Amazon spokesperson said that: “We want to make access to prescription medicines as easy as any other purchase: save time for customers; give them more control over what they buy; and help them look after their health”. Patients who want to buy medicines on Amazon can ask their doctor to send their prescription to Amazon Pharmacy, just like with any other retail pharmacy.

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USA : IHMA reports rising demand for security and authentication devices to address potential Covid-19-related counterfeiting

The latest issue of Vogue Business magazine warns about the dangers of buying fake products online and indicates that the pandemic is contributing towards the push for more security devices. According to IHMA (the International Hologram Manufacturers Association), authentication and track and trace systems, which use holographic technologies, will be crucial in helping underpin international efforts by government and law enforcement agencies to bolster overt and covert protection strategies.

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Mexico : Selling fake medicines could mean up to 15 years in prison

Ernesto Nunez Aguilar, Ecologist Green Party of Mexico (PVEM) Deputy, submitted a proposed reform of the penal code to the legislative assembly and stressed the fact that Mexico has one of the highest rates of fake medicines trading in the world. Mr Aguilar quoted AMIF (the Mexican Association of Pharmaceutical Research Industries) data which reveals that six out of 10 medicines sold in Mexico are either stolen, expired, fake or substandard, ranking Mexico as the sixth highest country in the world for fake medicines after China, Russia, the US, India and Brazil.

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Guinea : Health Minister reports that more than 1000 deaths are recorded per year due to fake or falsified medicines

On Tuesday 10 November 2020, deputies unanimously passed a bill to ratify a treaty to create the African Medicines Agency AMA. Members of parliament were able to ask the Health Minister questions about the quality and safety of medicines in the national supply chain. The Minister replied openly to the questions and provided the statistics for deaths caused by fake or falsified medicines: “More than 1000 deaths are recorded every year due to fake or falsified medicines”. The government has taken steps to address the situation and has set up a Central Purchasing Office which supplies the entire country with medicines. “More than 160 wholesalers have been identified in Guinea for certification. Given the situation in neighboring countries such as Senegal, the President decided to choose three wholesale companies for the Guinean market. But it turned out that only multinationals were to be selected. A commission was finally set up so that 50 wholesale companies could be selected and in the end 10 were submitted to the Head of State for approval. Now there are 50 wholesale companies which import medicines into Guinea”, explained the Health Minister.

Source : www.guineematin.com