Counterfeiting

Diamond’s Benefits Touted in Pharma’s Future Security Concerns

Within the pharmaceutical industry, as well as most other markets, counterfeiting has become everyone’s problem, as stated earlier this year by Pfizer’s director of global security at Pharmapack North America. 

Constantia Flexibles Makes Tamper-Evident Opening System

Constantia Flexibles announced its latest development called Constantia TEOS, a new tamper-evident opening system for packages containing medical devices.

OTC Group and Xerox Offer Tracking Solution to Thwart Packaging Counterfeiting and Theft

Package theft and counterfeiting in the global pharmaceutical industry annually costs an estimated $75 billion to $200 billion, and the sale of counterfeit medications puts human lives at risk, according to Xerox. To prevent and combat the crime, OTC Group has developed a digital print solution with Xerox. 

New York Pharmaceutical Distributor Caught with Counterfeit Avastin

The FDA is warning physicians to be on the lookout for fake versions of Roche’s cancer drug.

The Food and Drug Administration is warning doctors about another counterfeit version of the cancer drug Avastin distributed in the U.S., the third case involving the best-selling Roche drug in the past year.

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New York Pharmaceutical Distributor Caught with Counterfeit Avastin

The FDA is warning physicians to be on the look out for fake versions of Roche’s cancer drug.

The Food and Drug Administration is warning doctors about another counterfeit version of the cancer drug Avastin distributed in the U.S., the third case involving the best-selling Roche drug in the past year.

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Pharma, Personal Care Products Among Most Counterfeited in U.S.

About $83 million worth of counterfeited pharmaceutical packaging, drugs and personal care items were seized by U.S. Customs last year.

Approximately $1.26 billion worth of counterfeit goods originating overseas were seized by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in 2012. Each seizure averaged $10,450 worth of counterfeit goods. The value and the number of seizures changes dramatically each year due to the products sold and the success of CBP operations. The value of handbags and wallets seized in 2012 rose 142% compared with the previous year.

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FDA: Be On the Lookout for Counterfeit Adderall Tablets, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries

The agency states crooks are selling tablets labeled as the ADHD drug but that actually contain tramadol and acetaminophen.

The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers that a counterfeit version of the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder drug Adderall is being sold over the Internet.

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FDA Uncovers More Counterfeit Cancer Drugs

A batch of the cancer treatment Avastin shipped from the U.K. to the U.S. has been determined to be fake.

A new batch of counterfeit Avastin discovered in the United States was shipped from

Combating Counterfeits

The pharma industry is working toward establishing the ideal anticounterfeiting system, combining authentication tools and track-and-trace capabilities to serialize at the unit level, for every drug.

By Marie Redding
Freelance Writer

It’s increasingly difficult—even for the experts—to tell the difference between a counterfeit drug and the real thing. Consumers feel they have no sure way of knowing if they’re getting duped. They may even ingest a harmful ingredient a counterfeiter has used to make a fake pill—like highway paint, floor wax, and boric acid—according to a CBS news report.

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Tech Beats Security Breach

There is a growing need for creative out-of-the-box technologies that prevent a rift in patient safety while keeping a company’s investments and reputation in good standing. Counterfeiting, diversion, the resale of expired products, and complexities within the supply chain are forcing the healthcare industry to seek ahead-of-the-curve security packaging.

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