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News Round-Up 2/15/2012

Posted by admin on Feb 15, 2012 9:41:21 AM
Fake Cancer Drug Found in U.S.


The maker of the widely used Avastin cancer drug said Tuesday that it is warning doctors, hospitals and patient groups that a counterfeit version of the medicine has been found in the U.S.

Tests of counterfeit vials of Avastin showed that they didn't contain the active ingredient in Roche Holding AG's intravenous drug, according to the Swiss company's Genentech unit.

For the complete story, please visit the Wall Street Journal.

Fake Medicines Hampering Eradication of Malaria


The good progress being made in the campaign to eliminate malaria from countries in the Asia-Pacific region is being threatened by criminal organisations which are manufacturing and selling fake malaria medicines.

The Chinese government has shut down some factories in southern China that were the source of some of the counterfeit malaria tablets but the flow continues.

For the complete story, please visit Radio Australia.

Two Women Charged with Having $5000 in Fake Nikes


Michael Jordan's hand had too many fingers, and the Nike logo peeled right off a pair of the shoes. Those details helped tip off police that the 78 boxes of shoes in a car were possibly counterfeit.

Gwinnett County police arrested two South Carolina women on I-85 on Saturday and charged each with having forged or counterfeit goods, a felony. Police said the women, Kotina LaShan Feaster and Jessica Pennick,  owned the fake Nike shoes that were valued at about $5,000.

For the complete story, please visit Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Chinese Shoppers Lose Taste for Fakes


Even as foreign companies and the White House pressure China to crack down on fake products, consumers like Liu Wenzhong are showing the nation's growing taste for the real thing.

At a North Face sports-apparel store in one of Beijing's most popular shopping districts, Mr. Liu recently bought a pair of snow boots and a fleece hoodie. At around 700 yuan, or roughly $110, each, they are nearly five times the price of counterfeit versions sold down the street.

For the complete story, please visit the Wall Street Journal.

Topics: Counterfeiting, Pharmaceuticals, In the Headlines