Due to the global expansion of pharmaceutical markets, counterfeit drugs are a growing problem, not only in developing nations but even in ‘premium markets’ such as the US and Europe. Counterfeit medicines are threatening public health as well as the reputation of the legitimate pharmaceutical industry.

In this issue we investigate the extent of the problem and how the industry and health organisations are responding. We ask market analysts about the trends in counterfeits and speak to experts about security measures that can be taken at the packaging and labelling stages, as well as looking at tracking and end-to-end verification solutions that can help to prevent counterfeit products from infiltrating the pharmaceutical supply chain.

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Combating the Counterfeit Culture

The global counterfeit medicines market is threatening public health and the reputation of the legitimate pharmaceutical industry. We investigate the extent of the problem and find out how the industry and health organisations are responding.

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As the number of counterfeit drugs on the market continues to rise, we ask Global Insight analysts Shuang Lewis and Denise Claux for the lowdown on the potentially deadly medicines.

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Operation Drugs Bust

How can companies ensure the integrity of their products in the face of the counterfeit threat? Nic Paton speaks to Katherine Eban, author of a book on the subject, about the black market for medicines.

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Track and Verify

The real danger of counterfeit medicine is not the profit loss for the industry, but the threat to patient health. We speak to pharmaceutical labelling and identification specialist Ray Collia-Suzuki about the technology being used to combat counterfeit drugs and medical equipment.

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Border Control

Governments and regulatory bodies are constantly seeking new ways to counter the growing risk of pharmaceutical counterfeit products infiltrating the supply chain. We explain how EFPIA’s new coding initiative, piloted in Sweden, provides a model for an end-to-end verification solution that will offer robust protection.

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Redirecting the Traffic

With the trade in black market medicines nearing epidemic proportions, can recently introduced EU pharmaceuticals packaging legislation drive counterfeiting off the world’s highways?

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Next Issue

Manufacturing ingredients for pharmaceutical products is a burgeoning industry. Next month we look at new methods currently being used to manufacture high grade materials synthetically and even bio-technologically.

We also find out how manufacturing companies can ensure they meet regulations and prove they are satisfying GMP requirements, and explore the issues surrounding the use of water in the pharmaceutical manufacturing process.

Security of supply, cost and ease of doing business have been the major draw cards for outsourcing manufacturing, but as companies emerge from recession, quick turnaround is becoming more important. We speak to experts about the trends in contract manufacturing.

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