Friday, December 12, 2008

XStream Systems Stories and News for the Week of December 12, 2008

Here are a few of stories that we at XStream Systems think are noteworthy as it relates to counterfeited, adulterated and contaminated medicinal products:

Starcaps Dietary Supplement Capsules Found to Contain an Undeclared Drug Ingredient
The recall is effective immediately and is being undertaken because these lots of STARCAPS contain an undeclared drug ingredient- Bumetanide – a diuretic available by prescription only. Bumetanide is also not listed on the product label as an ingredient in this product.

The company’s investigation to date has indicated that an additional lot of raw material intended for use in the production of STARCAPS which has been stored in sealed drums since the time of its importation into the U.S. is also contaminated with Bumetanide. This information seems to indicate that the contamination occurred at the point of production of the raw material in Lima, Peru.

China blacklists 74 websites selling fake herbal drugs
China's traditional medicine watchdog has issued a blacklist of 74 Beijing-based websites suspected of selling fake herbal medicines online and warned consumers not to buy their products.

Herbal medicine is a huge industry in China with sales in the first 11 months of 2007 totaling 118 billion yuan (17.1 billion dollars) and up to one billion dollars of these sales were overseas sales, according to the Hong Kong-based consulting firm China Commodity Marketplace.

Sierra Leone: Le 1 Billion Fake Drugs Destroyed
Freetown — Ministry of health and sanitation has teamed up with the pharmacy board to dispose of more than Le1 billion worth of counterfeit, substandard, expired and fake drugs.

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