Global Crackdown Nets Millions in Fake Drugs

(DGIwire) — In a recent global sting operation conducted by INTERPOL, 156 arrests were made and more than $81 million dollars in counterfeit drugs were seized across 115 countries, including $24.8 million in the UK alone, according to a report in the Daily Mail. The operation, which in the UK seized 6.2 million doses of […]

Big Counterfeit Bust Shifts Focus onto Consumers

(DGIwire) — As anyone who has followed medical news over the last year knows, counterfeit medications have become serious business. This situation has been described as a global pandemic by The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, which noted in May 2015 that 127 of a total of 196 countries had no reliable supply […]

Counterfeit Drugs Flooding Egypt: Tip of a Large, Dangerous Iceberg

(DGIwire) – Egypt has been flooded with counterfeit drugs lately: according to a recent Al-Monitor report, 30 percent of medications now available in the country are counterfeit. This includes critical medications used to fight cancer, liver maladies, allergies and diabetes. Compounding the problem is the lack of a centralized, independent committee dedicated to ensuring that […]

The Hidden Price of Buying Cheaper Drugs Online

(DGIwire)  With more and more of the economy moving online—think Amazon, Airbnb and eBay—and supplanting brick-and-mortar retailers, it seems as if the next logical step would be purchasing all our medications online as well. The benefits, of course, would be to avoid waiting in long lines at the local pharmacy—and lower cost. Well don’t shoot the messenger: the […]

What’s Hidden in the Medicine Cabinet? Combating Counterfeit Drugs

(DGIwire) — When we get cold medicine from the pharmacist, how sure are we that it’s the real thing? We take it; it seems to work. We feel better, after all. Plus we’re in the United States, so these things are relatively well-regulated here. But in much of the world—and maybe even for us—many drugs, […]

DNA Technology: Cracking Cold Cases and Tracking Criminals

(DGIwire) — A team of California investigators has finally solved two cold-case murders dating all the way back to 1976. After submitting a DNA sample, Rodney Halbower was charged with the death of two teenage girls near San Francisco and has been linked to a larger series of slayings, according to a January 23, 2015 […]

Impostors Beware: New Anti-Counterfeiting Technology Derails Theft

(DGIwire) — Counterfeiting is not a victimless crime. It is one of the fastest-growing crimes, threatening jobs and even endangering public health. In recent years, the Department of Homeland Security has seized over $1 billion in counterfeit goods at U.S. borders. Counterfeiting can also be a huge safety issue. Not too long ago, even luxury British […]

Counterfeit Musical Instruments Sound a Sour Note

(DGIwire) — Here’s the scenario. Someone’s been looking for a Martin guitar for about a year, but he can’t find one within his price range. They’re great guitars—he saw Jeff Daniels holding one on the cover of Guitar Aficionado and knew he had to have it—but every one he finds is a little more than he can […]

Unique Technology “Smokes” Out Criminals

(DGIwire) — On April 4, 2011, the SecureCash cash depot outside Rotterdam, the Netherlands, was eerily quiet in the early morning hours, behind two stories of barbed wire and multiple security posts. Suddenly, out of a light mist, a black, new-model BMW M5 screamed to a stop. Five figures ran from the car, somehow making […]

Counterfeit Medicine: Can a Biotech Help Solve the Problem?

(DGIwire) — The number of “rogue” wholesale distributors selling fake or unapproved prescription drugs is growing, so people in the healthcare industry—including doctors, hospital drug purchasers and drugstore managers—need to be vigilant when purchasing medicines. This has become such a widespread issue that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently launched a campaign to […]

Thieves Beware: You’re Already Marked Men

(DGIwire) — We’ve all seen this movie before: a masked man bursts into a drugstore, waving a gun in the air and demanding all the money in the register—and some pills to sell on the street. The clerk gives the money up, keeping his eyes down; he doesn’t want to see the guy’s face, which […]

New Anti-Counterfeiting Technology Could Help Automakers

(DGIwire) — Counterfeiting is not a victimless crime. It is one of the fastest-growing crimes, threatening jobs and even endangering public health. In recent years, the Department of Homeland Security has seized over $1 billion in counterfeit goods at U.S. borders. Counterfeiting can also be a huge safety issue. Recently, a luxury British sports car company […]

Helping to Lower the Risk of Tainted Prescription Drugs

(DGIwire) — Point, click, purchase: people do it all the time for books, plane tickets and just about everything in between. Many also now buy their prescription drugs online through a national pharmacy chain or mail-order program offered by their health insurance provider. The challenge is the host of illegitimate sites that are selling prescription […]

Proactively ‘Planting’ an Effective Anti-Counterfeiting Measure

(DGIwire) – By 2015, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) expects the value of counterfeit goods globally to exceed $1.7 trillion. That’s more than two percent of the world’s total current economic output. In a CNNMoney report, Jeffrey Hardy, head of the anti-counterfeiting program at ICC, says the counterfeiting business is exploding—and it goes way […]

Avoiding Fabric-ations: DNA Makes Sure ‘100% Cotton’ is 100% Real

 (DGIwire) — The global spread of counterfeit goods, including textiles, has now reached epic proportions. According the U.S. Customs and Border Control, counterfeit apparel and accessories account for more than 50 percent of all seized goods. Textiles are an easy target because, unlike electronic equipment and weaponry, they are easy to ship and easy to make into near-identical replicas—a/k/a […]

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