Police seizes fake water filters in Bengaluru

In the city of Bengaluru, poor drinking water quality and growing anxiety levels among the people, are being exploited by those selling counterfeit water filters.

Recently, the Bangalore Police raided shops selling water purifiers and accessories and discovered fake replacement filters sold with the logo of a popular brand. A police official said that most households are installing filters due to the fear of poor quality of water. Fake operators are taking advantage of this situation and are selling fake reverse osmosis filters.

A shop keeper in JP Nagar has been arrested for allegedly stocking ordinary filters, membranes and other spare parts with the logo of a popular brand. The police also seized fake stickers of Kent water filters along with 19 kits. Each comprised of RO membrane, carbon filter, sediment filter, post-carbon filter and UF membrane.

Commenting on the seizure, a Kent RO spokesperson said that fake products are harmful to the consumers as they do not remove contaminants effectively. Officials said that a fake filter usually weighs lighter as it is made of cheap quality and urged to buy water filters from authorised dealers only.

Source: Times of India

Anti-counterfeiting solutions for pharma

Adulteration and fraudulent manufacture of medicines have been prevalent for quite some time now; the situation has only aggravated owing to technological developments and sophisticated methods of duplication.

To add to the problem, current regulations in developing countries do not account for illicit manufacture, trade, and consumption of counterfeit medicine.

Global trade has made this an international problem. Here are some facts which highlight the problem.

  • Fake drugs kill more than 250,000 children a year. (Source: The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene)
  • In developed nations such as the US and Canada, about 1 percent of drugs sold are counterfeit. (Source: WHO IMPACT!)
  • Around 20% of all drugs sold in the Indian market are counterfeit. (Source: US Trade Representative Office Annual Report)
  • Fake drugs cost local economies between US$10bn and US$200bn a year. (Source: The Guardian)
  • Many fakes originate in China and India and have been found to contain everything from lead paint, printer cartridge ink, talc, brick dust, ground up drywall, and arsenic. (Source: Pfizer Spot the Fake Media Sheet)
  • Lifestyle drugs, such as Viagra, dominate the market for counterfeit medicines.

Illegitimate drugs are detrimental to the health of consumers often leading to liver & kidney failure and, ultimately, death. Additionally, counterfeit drugs can wreak havoc on a company’s profits causing them to suffer from irreparable damage to their brand reputation.

Anti-counterfeiting solutions can play an important role in the prevention of counterfeiting of drugs, preventing losses to a company’s revenue and reputation. Most importantly anti-counterfeiting solutions help in saving the lives of innocent consumers who unwittingly fall into the trap of buying fake drugs.

Holostik provides the best anti-counterfeiting solutions as per the requirements of the pharma industry.

Our solutions for the pharma sector include:

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Amazon to end sale of counterfeits on its platform in India

In a recent development global online retail giant Amazon stated that it will prevent the sale of counterfeits on its platform in India with the help of Project Zero.

Dharmesh M Mehta, Vice President, Worldwide Customer Trust and Partner Support said that they are excited to see many small and big brands coming out to partner with them to prevent fake products on the Amazon platform and provide a great shopping experience. He also said that Project Zero is built on long-standing work and investments to ensure that customers always receive authentic goods.

The sale of fake goods might seem to be impacting major conglomerates. However, the products go under tight scrutiny through stringent health guidelines so that it may not help consumers. Some e-commerce brands add a badge to trustworthy sellers like Flipkart Assured but it does not prevent the sale of counterfeits.

Different Indian brands were a part of the pilot project in India to make this functional. Project zero has a mechanism through which it carefully understands brands and their products along with their intellectual property. With the help of this information, the project carefully identifies whether a product is genuine or not.

Amazon will take help of automated protections, self-service counterfeit removal as well as product serialization. Basically, every product will have a unique serial number that will authenticate whether it is genuine or not.

Mehta also says that if their automated protections miss a fake listing then a brand can find them pull them down. Through this initiative, Amazon has for first-time empowered brands against fighting fakes.

Source: Indiatimes.com

Importance of anti-counterfeiting solutions for the manufacturers

Counterfeiting is growing on a monstrous scale. According to a report by Research and Markets, the global value of counterfeiting has reached a value of 1.2 trillion dollars. The report further states that as per the current growth rate counterfeiting will become a $2.81 trillion industry by 2022.

For the past many years, manufacturers have tried their best to curb the menace of fake products, however little progress has been achieved related to the same. The extra costs in fighting fakes have further deteriorated the problem. Manufacturers also suffer from a tarnished brand image due to the counterfeiting of their products.

Most importantly, in a highly competitive market, one bad experience for a customer can change his loyalty for a product or brand.

Amidst this grim scenario, anti-counterfeiting technologies can play a decisive role in preventing counterfeiting, tampering, and diversion. Holostik is a leading player in offering customized anti-counterfeiting solutions to different industries. With a legacy of 28 years, the company has provided anti-counterfeiting solutions to more than 10,000 clients in 75+ countries.

Holostik believes that with the proper use of anti-counterfeiting solutions manufacturers can prevent the following challenges posed by counterfeiting:

  • Loss of sales revenue and profit margin: Sales and profit margins are the veins and nerves of any organization. A company’s success is determined by the number of sales it has earned in a specific time frame. A good number of sales is a visible indicator of a company’s wellbeing and vice-versa. The sale of duplicate items leads to a drop-down in the sale of a company’s products. If it goes unchecked, then it can lead to a complete downfall of the company. Due to multiple sale locations of the product, it is quite hard for a company to trace the manufacturing location of counterfeits.
  • Poor brand and product image: No wonder, the sale of counterfeits lead to a tarnished image of the brand and its products. The sale cheap fakes lead to a false perception among consumers regarding the quality of the product and the brand. Unaware consumers often think that they are buying original products but instead, they receive fakes.
  • The added cost of fighting fakes: Companies incorporate different strategies for fighting counterfeiting of their products. This comes in the form of added costs for the organization already facing the problem of duplication.

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Popular pharma products of GSK and Macleods face counterfeiting

Lately, India’s leading drug authority flagged almost 35 batches of medicines, including popular skin medication cream brands Betnovate and Panderm as they failed quality tests conducted last month. At the same time, companies that market these products in India said that the samples tested by the regulator were fake versions of their famous brands

Earlier this month, the Central Drugs Standard Organisation had marked specific batches of Betnovate C, Betnovate N & Panderm ++ failing in quality standards. According to the authority, the samples failed in tests conducted to determine their ingredients. The regulator also found that a batch of acidity drug Lupizole also failed in the tests.

While conducting the tests, CDSCO had identified batch number NG980 of Betnovate C cream for failing in identification tests along with tests of ‘assay’ of clioquinol- which means that the cream had fewer quantities of this ingredient. The batch number of EZ277 of Betnovate-N also failed in the identification test, whereas samples of Panderm ++ batch number PCF901A and Lupizole batch number T9004141 were declared substandard by the authority.

While commenting on the issue a spokesperson from GlaxoSmithKline which markets the product in India said that the two batches of Betnovate-N and Betnovate-C seized by Delhi Drug Control are counterfeits. He further added that the two batches were marked counterfeit by the company and the authority, after testing them at government labs and retesting at GSK sites. Meanwhile, GSK is coordinating with the regulator and providing its full support in the matter.

Macleods, which markets Panderm ++, has already filed a complaint with the drug regulator and Delhi Police over counterfeits of its skin treatment cream. A representative from the company said that the batch number listed by CDSCO is not correct and does not abide by the coding practices of Macleods Sikkim facility. Moreover, the details mentioned on the label are inaccurate which identifies the product as a counterfeit. Macleods had filed a complaint with the FDA and the Delhi Police in the month of August and September while an FIR has already been registered for the impugned counterfeit Panderm ++. Emailed queries to Lupin Ltd, which markets Lupizole in India, remained unanswered by press time Saturday.

Some quick facts:

  • In October 2019, Betnovate-C was the largest brand in the over Rs 210 crore betamethasone + clioquinol combination market, while Betnovate-N was the largest in the nearly Rs 195 crore betamethasone + neomycin combination market.
  • In October 2019, Betnovate-C was the largest brand in the over Rs 210 crore betamethasone + clioquinol combination market.
  • In October 2019, Betnovate-N was the largest in the nearly Rs 195 crore betamethasone + neomycin combination market.
  • According to AIOCD and PharmaTrac, Betnovate-C and Betnovate-C captured 100 percent and 98.78 percent of these markets.
  • Panderm ++ is also the top brand in its segment, capturing over 40 percent of the Rs 122.70 crore clobetasol + neomycin + miconazole combination market in October.

Source: Indianexpress.com

 

The unique combination of anti-counterfeiting technologies against fake products

The value of counterfeiting has reached to a monstrous figure of around $1.3 trillion. This is because of the easy availability of manufacturing technologies which has made it possible for counterfeiters to copy the products. Fake products have become visually similar to the products and many times one may find it hard to distinguish between the two.

In order to tackle the menace of the growing menace of counterfeiting, technology experts have devised new ways to counter it. Different kinds of anti-counterfeiting technologies (overt, covert, forensic and digital) are being used nowadays to counter duplication. But, the most prominent ones are holographic and digital technologies that are used across different industries.

Holostik is one of the pioneers in amalgamating the power of holographic security along with digital security. The company is offering unique smart holograms which feature a combination of holographic properties and digital security.

Moving a step ahead in product authentication, Holostik has amalgamated the power of security holograms and QR code in a single security instrument. While security holograms are meant for physical authentication, the QR code is used for digital authentication along with a host of other IT solutions which include track& trace, inventory management, reward management, etc.

The biggest advantage of this impeccable combination is that even if a counterfeiter is able to copy one technology then he will not be able to copy the other. It’s just like providing multiple layers of security to the product and thus reducing the chances of possible duplication

Holostik believes that in today’s market different anti-counterfeiting technologies are not competing but are complementary to each other. Taking a cue from this the company offers a combination of physical or holographic security and digital security which serves as the best anti-counterfeiting solution against the menace of duplication.

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Student arrested in Mumbai for selling fake Indian currency

The Mumbai Crime Branch recently arrested a 23-year-old student for printing and possessing counterfeit Indian currency with a face value of Rs 1.5 lakh. The student was also working as a delivery boy for an online portal. Surprisingly, the boy got the idea to make fake currency notes after he received counterfeit currency as a payment for the products, he had delivered for an online portal.

The student has been identified as Omkar Bhoir-a graduate student from Mumbai University.

Inspector Yogesh Chavan said that during interrogation Bhoir revealed that he found it difficult to identify fake currency, so he decided to print counterfeit notes.

Bhoir had been looking up online videos for printing fake Indian currency notes, he had also recently purchased a printer for Rs 10,000. Following a tip-off, he was arrested last week and fake currency with a face value of Rs 1.5 lakh was seized from his Kandivali residence, said police.

Bhoir had been looking up online videos for printing counterfeit Indian currency notes for which he had recently purchased a printer for Rs 10,000. After

“We found that he had in all printed fake notes with a face value of Rs 2.49 lakh,” said Chavan.

“He then tried using fake notes to purchase fruits and vegetables. He would purchase something worth Rs 50 by paying with fake notes with the face value of Rs 500. In return, he would get Rs 400 in genuine notes,” Chavan said.

Source: freepressjournal.in

FDA finds traces of Asbestos in Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder

In a latest trouble for Johnson & Johnson, the international giant that manufactures medical devices, pharmaceutical and consumer packaged goods, the Food and Drug Administration has found traces of toxic asbestos were found from a bottle purchased in the US.

This is not for the first time that J&J has been caught for using asbestos. Last year, the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) has ordered the company to stop using talc from its plant in Mumbai and Himachal Pradesh.

In the latest development, J&J is voluntarily recalling its lot which consists of 33,000 bottles and has urged the customers who bought the product not to use them.

The company is also claiming that the company is cooperating with the FDA to investigate how and when the product was contaminated.

FDA has further recommended the consumers to stop using the lot immediately and ask for a refund from J&J. The FDA had tested another lot of J&J’s baby powder which was negative for asbestos.

Source: ibtimes.com

Fake screen? New feature in iPhone 11 will warn you

Global electronics giant Apple has started a new feature in its latest iPhones. The new feature will display a warning on the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max if the display screen in not genuine after a repair or service.

Apple said that notification would appear on the iPhone with a fake screen for four days after the problem has been detected. Thereafter, it would move to the main settings menu for 15 days. Finally, it will be pushed away to Settings -> General -> About.

The company stated in a post, “Replacements not performed by Apple authorized service providers or certified technicians might not follow proper safety and repair procedures and could result in improper function or issues with display quality or safety. Apple displays are designed to fit precisely within the device.”

Moreover, the repairs that do not replace the screws and cowlings might leave behind loose parts that could damage the battery because of overheating, etc. The firm recently unveiled the three iPhones at its event in California.

The new iPhones are upgraded versions of last year’s iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max will come along with iOS 13- the most advanced operating system from Apple.

Source: Economic Times

Counterfeit drugs creating a challenge for the regulators in India

According to Government-sponsored studies around 3% of medicines in the Indian market are of poor quality or are counterfeit. However, a report published by ASSOCHAM said that 25 percent of medicines sold in India re either counterfeit or of poor quality. Generic drugs like Crocin and Betadine have earned a bad name due to the menace of counterfeiting.

According to former International Pharmaceutical Federation vice president Prafull D. Shah, “Any study showing a higher percentage of Indian drugs as substandard or fake serves the interest of foreign pharma companies since Indian companies have always posed them a threat.” He also said that he had asked ASSOCHAM for the data based on which they provided the 25% figure however they never provided it to me.

The BJP government in 2003 had appointed an expert committee to assess the regulatory infrastructure and the scope of the problem of fake and cheap drugs in India. The panel admitted that there was an absence of scientific and detailed investigation to reveal the exact estimate.

The committee also said, “The Central government should provide assistance to undertake such scientific and statistically-significant study for a clear picture about the exact extent of spurious drugs in the country.”

In 2006-07 with the support of WHO around 7500 samples were collected and tested from across the country out of which 3.12% were of poor quality but the presence of spurious drugs was negligible.

In the second survey, conducted by the Central Drug Standards Control Organisation (CDSCO), a total of 24,780 samples were tested from around 40,000 pharmacies, of which 644 were “SALA (sound-alike and look-alike)”.

Going by raids conducted in the past few years, prominent places where counterfeit drugs are manufactured and sold in wholesale include Baddi in Himachal Pradesh, Agra, Aligarh, Bulandshahr and Muradnagar in Uttar Pradesh, Patna in Bihar and several places in West Bengal.

Source: OutlookIndia.com