Pakistan: A hospital owner from Islamabad got jailed for selling counterfeit medicines through hospital’s pharmacy. In case that was filed in year 2013, he was sentenced for eight years of rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 150,000. In a raid on Kashmir General Hospital run by the accused, drug inspector had recovered fake tables of Novidat 500mg, used for the treatment of kidney or bladder (urinary tract) infection. Upon testing at laboratory the recovered tablets were found without ciprofloxacin, and active salt for the treatment of concerned diseases. During the hearing, Novidat 500mg tablet manufacturer also maintained counterfeiting of the seized material.
In yet another news published on Pakistan’s leading news website dawn.com said that the country received a meagre $26.4 million as foreign direct investment (FDI) in pharmaceutical sector. One of the prominent reason given in the news article attributed to the prevalence of counterfeit medicines in the country. While Pakistan’s drug export has gone up in last three years but the growth pace is very slow. Pakistan exported drugs worth $293m during FY18 compare to their neighbour India that made export of $33bn worth of drugs. This is reported in Fitch Report that commented that factors like poor governance, corruption and lack of planning and monitoring have made situation severe.
Great Britain: Two men pleaded guilty of selling counterfeit goods on social media platform facebook from Torfaen. One Mr. Anthony was caught selling fake clothing of popular brands of Nike, Armani and Chanel by Torfaen’s Trading Standards team. He pleaded under eight charges of trademark infringement and fraudulent use of it. He has been ordered to do 12 months of community service with restriction on his movements outside home between 7 pm and 7 am during this period. He will also be paying charges for forfeiture and destruction charges of the fake goods received from his custody that authorities seized. Second sentence was against Nicolas Myles who was found selling fakes of tobacco brands besides the counterfeits of clothing. He has also been awarded 12 months of community service that includes 120 hours of unpaid work. Besides this, he will be paying the changes for forfeiture and destruction of spurious fake materials.
It was also requested by the authorities to report about counterfeiting goods joint Blaenau Gwent and Torfaen Trading Standards team on 01633 647623 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org (source)
India: Come festival season, especially Diwali, spurious materials go on rife. Concerning this, Food Safety and Drugs Administration (FSDA) of Meerut (U.P.) seized and destroyed six quintals of fake and spurious mawa stocked for the purpose of making spurious sweets. Seized material has been sent to Lucknow laboratory for validation of spuriousness. Four teams have been deployed the FSDA to sample and watch for possible sale and storage of fake sweets, mawa and Khoya. Teams are also keeping critical eye on use of food colour, chandi ka vark (silver foil) other items used in making of sweets. Meerut FSDA officer Archana Dheeram said FSDA will be conducting their awareness programs at schools, colleges and NGOs.
USA: Fake auto parts shipped from China to Newark were seized at Philadelphia by U.S. customs and border protection. Auto parts of Mercedes-Benz vehicles were seized. Had they not been fake, their market value would have been $1.8 million. “CBP closely guards our nation’s borders to ensure that all imports and exports are lawful and pose no threats to our citizens,” said Casey Durst, CBP’s Field Operations Director in Baltimore. “Consumer safety is a top priority, and our officers will continue to be vigilant and work cooperatively with our trade partners to identify and seize counterfeit commodities and other unlawful imports that threaten our citizens and markets.” (source)
Ghana: Ghana Electrical Dealers Association (GEDA) has reaffirmed their commitment to fight against the counterfeiting of electrical goods. They renewed their joining of National Anti-counterfeit Campaign that works to stop the sale and purchase of fake electrical and electronic appliances. GEDA’s new president Mr. Korangtang Asiamah efforts against counterfeiting of electrical and electronic products need support from all stakeholders. (source)