The Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risk (COFREPRIS) has received an official letter from Sanofi-Aventis in Mexico in reference to a consumer complaint. An enquiry was opened following the complaint over the falsification of Plaquenil® 200 mg. The product was bubble-wrapped in a cardboard box of 20 tablets with lot number 9MXA006 and an expiry date of May 22.
The Sanofi-Aventis lab in Mexico has reported that an investigation and screening tests have revealed that the fake product does not contain hydroxychloroquine. The primary and secondary packaging also appears to have been tampered with: the printing is of poor quality and the font is a different color.
Source : www.gob.mx
The Australian Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA), part of the Australian Department of Health, has issued a warning that fake copies of alprazolam, anxiety medication, have been identified.
Samples of alprazolam 2mg with the Mylan logo and Kalma 2mg tablets (Kalma is a different product which contains alprazolam and is marketed by a generic medicines manufacturer in Australia) have been falsified. The TGA has warned that: “The fake alprazolam 2mg and Kalma 2mg products may contain a range of undeclared substances”.
Source : www.tga.gov
The Spanish Agency of Medicines and Medical Devices (AEMPS) has issued an alert following the discovery of fake “Durex Dame Pleasure 12” condoms which were identified in batch number 1000603437. The manufacturer of the condoms, Reckitt Benckiser Healthcare (UK), has confirmed that batch number 1000603437 with an expiry date of 09-2023 was released but the fake copy has an expiry date of 05-2024. The products in batch number 1000603437 with an expiry date of 05-2024 are, therefore, fake. Further differences have been identified between the fake and genuine batches: the fake packaging is a different color, the genuine version is fuchsia and the fake is lilac.
Source : www.diariocordoba.com
A Drugs Control Department team raided an illicit medicines factory in Roorkee and arrested four people. A police spokesperson said that: “During the raid, the accused were developing and packing fake tablets of a reputed pharma company”.
Source : www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
More than three tons of fake veterinary products have been destroyed in Kara. The haul follows veterinary service spot checks in markets to track down traffickers selling medicines of suspicious origin. The uncovered medicines mainly contained the wrong ingredients, insufficient active ingredients, or were packed in fake packaging. A veterinary service spokesperson said that: “The use of fake veterinary medicines is a serious health issue because it has negative outcomes on animal and human health”.
Source : www.republiquetogolaise.com