Medicines that are fake or don't have the right amount of active ingredients are a problem around the world. Promoting An investigation, reported this month in The Lancet Global Health revealed that people had been purchasing tablets they thought were diazepam (the generic name for Valium). But the.
Infiltrating this chain as early as possible gives criminals an edge. “You’re going to be able to distribute larger volumes and its probably going to be more difficult to trace it back up to you," Bourdillon Esteve says.
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“Criminals don’t usually fill out tax declarations on how much they make out of this traffic,” Bourdillon Esteve says.
Police pledge action over killer 'blue plague' fake Valium after TWO MILLION pills found in raid. Synthetic opioid U-47700 – known as pinky - has wreaked havoc in the USA. In March, Sturgeon promised a crackdown on the fake Valium ripping her community apart after an emotional meeting with grieving.
“In Glasgow, one NHS hospital have reported that the number of presentations of patients presenting at A&E with benzodiazepine overdoses hit a peak of six patients per day.”
“The Daily Record is to be commended for its campaign on this issue, and I hope the move to reclassify this substance is something that will help cut the number of tragic deaths we have seen recently.”
Sturgeon said: “I met Josie as her MSP and will offer her every assistance I can with what is an extremely serious issue affecting my constituency and much farther afield.
“Having these substances classified under the Misuse of Drugs Act gives us greater powers, where grounds exist, to stop, search and seize these substances to remove the risk from those using them.
Josie revealed that Sturgeon planned to call a summit bringing together grieving families and senior police officers to discuss the spate of deaths.
“We have recognised that there is a long-standing problem in Scotland with the misuse of benzodiazepines and the subsequent harm they cause.
Detective Inspector Ian Spence, of Police Scotland’s New Psychoactive Substances Unit, said: “The Daily Record’s recent coverage has raised awareness of the harmful impact of these substances.
We repeatedly warned of a hidden “blue plague” epidemic caused by the drug etizolam, which is commonly contained in the fake pills.
In March, Sturgeon promised a crackdown on the fake Valium ripping her community apart after an emotional meeting with grieving Josie Craig, whose sister Christina was one of six pals in Toryglen to die from the blue pills between April 2016 and January this year.
● By November 2015, etizolam was detected in post mortem results almost 50 times a month – up 920 per cent in seven months.
Earlier this year, we told how six friends in Toryglen, Glasgow, died after taking blue pills – and post mortems revealed etizolam and diclazepam to be key killer ingredients.
● An 800 per cent surge in people driving under the influence of etizolam.
First Minister Sturgeon said: “This is an important step in trying to tackle the harm caused by these drugs, which have had a devastating effect on lives not just in my own constituency but in communities across the country.
Spence said: “This would have been sold as diazepam and it was sometimes a mix of benzodiazepine and U47-700.
Cheap but fake medications, now available at online pharmacies, a growing problem across Southeast Asia. Bangkok, Thailand - "You want Valium? It may have too much, or too little, or no pharmaceutical ingredient, or it may contain heavy metals, toxic materials that could really harm the patient.".
But authorities admit that tracking down fake pills is not a high priority.
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"But they never try to make the medicine more affordable.". "They spend a lot of money on marketing … and they also spend a lot of money on the legal enforcement," she said.
They may sell for a fraction of the retail price but the consequences of taking counterfeit pills or poor quality imitations can be dire, as Estrella Alfaro discovered.
Now the pharmaceutical companies who produce the genuine drugs are fighting back against this lucrative, illicit industry.
The man plucked even more pills from beneath his table, hoping to entice a reporter filming undercover.
It's more profitable than selling heroin.
The purchase was traced to a call centre in Cebu City in the Philippines, and police moved in, said Senior Superintendent Arnold Gunnacao, from the Philippines National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group.
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The counterfeit trade appears to be sophisticated: Diazepam tablets being sold illicitly often bear a variety of genuine manufacturers' logos. But experts said it was difficult to gauge whether the drugs were genuine or fake. "We are hearing numerous reports of tablets with these names stamped across them,".
The counterfeit trade appears to be sophisticated: Diazepam tablets being sold illicitly often bear a variety of genuine manufacturers' logos. But experts said it was difficult to gauge whether the drugs were genuine or fake.
In addition, a counterfeit trade appears to be emanating from Scotland, where police have unearthed a number of amateur laboratories creating illegal versions of the drug. With diazepam tablets selling for as little as 50p, the drug – a form of benzodiazepine known by users as "benzos" – offers a cheap alternative to most other drugs.
WHO has estimated that half of the drugs sold online are fakes. The FDA has seized diazepam that was sold illegally online and in 2010 arrested a man who was selling fake Valium that was manufactured in China. Fakes of more sophisticated, injectable drugs have found their way into the U.S. as well.
- here's the FDA notice - here's the WHO alert (PDF).
Fakes of more sophisticated, injectable drugs have found their way into the U.S. in 2012. In May, the FDA warned doctors' practices that it had discovered new supplies of counterfeit Botox in the U.S. and that the agency believed it was unsafe. Counterfeit Botox was also discovered in the U.S. as well.
Centaur manufacturers haloperidol but not diazepam, WHO reported, and claims they did not manufacture the products tied to the reactions.