Counterfeit drugs concern officials

About one-tenth of the globe’s prescription drugs are counterfeit, according to estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO).

However, in certain developing countries that number jumps to almost 50 percent. Sales of counterfeit drugs are estimated to reach $75 billion annually.


Czech government restricts alcohol sales further after methanol-related deaths

Following a rash of deaths from methanol-laced rum and vodka, the Czech government has placed further restrictions on alcohol sales.

Starting last Friday, the Czech government placed a blanket ban on all sales of hard liquor. Beer and wine still may be purchased at shops, restaurants and bars, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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Czech government restricts alcohol sales after 19 die from methanol-laced vodka, rum

Methanol-laced rum and vodka has killed 19 and hospitalized 24 people in the Czech Republic, according to media reports.

Methanol is a low cost industrial solvent that often is used in counterfeit alcohol. Effects of ingesting methanol include nausea and vomiting, confusion and vision difficulties. In the most severe cases, it can lead to coma […]

Report: Counterfeit booze reports jump 27 percent in the U.K.

Reports of fake alcohol have risen sharply in May and June in the U.K., according to the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) Food Fraud Database.

Of the 170 cases reported to the FSA, about 45 percent of those involved fake alcohol. Last year, of the 238 cases reported in the same time frame, only 23 percent […]