INTERPOL and pharmaceutical industry launch global initiative to combat fake medicines

LYON, France – Combating the global scourge of fake medicines which threatens the health of millions of people is the focus of a landmark agreement between INTERPOL and 29 of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies.

The three-year deal, worth EUR 4.5 million, will see the creation of INTERPOL’s Pharmaceutical Crime Programme to further build on the work of its Medical Product Counterfeiting and Pharmaceutical Crime (MPCPC) unit. This will enhance the law enforcement community’s response to pharmaceutical crime through stronger partnership development.

The programme will focus on the prevention of all types of pharmaceutical crime including branded and generic drug counterfeiting as well as the identification and dismantling of organized crime networks linked to this illegal activity, which generates millions in illicit profits every year.

“With no country, no drug, no medical product immune from counterfeiting, a global effort is needed to combat this threat which puts the lives of millions of people at risk every single day,” said INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble. …

Read on at www.interpol.int

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Black Market Pharmacies And The Big Business Of Spam

Leseempfehlung von hier: der Artikel hellt ein bischen auf, was in dieser Szene läuft. Hier bei BlueOcean ist es zur Zeit eines der hoch priorisierten Research-Themen – illegaler Handel mit ggf. gefälschten Medikamenten – bei dem wir semantische Technologien einsetzen. Spam ist dabei jedoch nur ein Aspekt – wenn auch ein wichtiger. 

Acne medicine, in Turkish.

An apparent feud between two black market pharmacies has shed light on a shady global industry.

„Rx-Promotion and SpamIt probably are responsible for upward of 50 or 60 percent of spam that you and I got in our inboxes over the last five years,“ said Brian Krebs, a cyber-security reporter who chronicled the alleged feud on his website. „It’s just a ridiculous amount of problems that these two guys cause for everybody.“

As part of a dispute between the pharmacies‘ owners, the digital files of both companies — once two of the largest black market pharmacies in the world — were hacked and ended up in Krebs‘ hands.

Read on: www.npr.org