Posts Tagged ‘drug safety’
Expat internet users have long been subject to all manner of email spam. Many of these messages advertise cut-rate drugs sold by illegal pharmacies. Now, according to a recent study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, online sellers of fake and expired drugs have switched to targeting search engines. Nicolas Cristin, Associate Director of the [...]
40% of the finished medicines and 80% of the active ingredients on US store shelves are manufactured overseas, and recent years have seen several high-profile cases of illness and death as a result of adulteration (replacing ingredients with cheap or even fake substitutes). A 2008 case involving heparin resulted in 81 deaths and nearly 800 [...]
A white paper by the Pew Health Group, the product health and safety arm of the Pew Charitable Trusts, found US drug safety sorely lacking. The study, titled “After Heparin: Protecting Consumers from the Risks of Substandard and Counterfeit Drugs,” concluded that international supply chains and a greater reliance on medicines produced in developing countries [...]
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