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Canada Halts Imports of 16 Drugs Made in India

Canada has stopped the importation of several drugs and drug ingredients from two Indian factories, as concern mounts in North America over health products sourced from the multi-billion dollar South Asian pharmaceutical industry. The products on the Canada blacklist range from medicines like blood pressure pills to chemotherapy drugs, anti-psychotics and painkillers. Canada’s action comes after a U.S. trade representative’s special investigation noted: “Reports indicate that anywhere from 10 to 40 per cent of drugs sold in Indian markets are counterfeit and could represent a serious threat to patient health and safety.” India produces nearly 40 per cent of the

Canada has stopped the importation of several drugs and drug ingredients from two Indian factories, as concern mounts in North America over health products sourced from the multi-billion dollar South Asian pharmaceutical industry. The products on the Canada blacklist range from medicines like blood pressure pills to chemotherapy drugs, anti-psychotics and painkillers.

Canada’s action comes after a U.S. trade representative’s special investigation noted: “Reports indicate that anywhere from 10 to 40 per cent of drugs sold in Indian markets are counterfeit and could represent a serious threat to patient health and safety.”

India produces nearly 40 per cent of the generic drugs used in the U.S. and Canada and has been stepping up production in anticipation of increased demand.

At Health Canada’s request, Canadian importers have agreed to quarantine health products from the following two India-based sites due to data integrity concerns: Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories in Srikakulam, India and IPCA Laboratories in Pithampur, India.

It said the action comes in light of recent information from a trusted regulatory partner that raises concerns about the reliability of the laboratory data generated at these sites.

A quarantine means that the Canadian importers have agreed to stop the importation and distribution of products from these two sites. At this time there is no identified risk to health, and Health Canada is not requesting a recall of any of the products.

Health Canada said it will continue to work with international partners and Canadian importers to gather and assess information regarding the situation and take action as needed to help protect Canadians.

Amir Attaran, Canada research chair in law and population health at the University of Ottawa, questioned why Health Canada has not blocked the sale of those medicines that had arrived on shelves earlier from the factories.

“How can the product be too dangerous to import, but safe enough to go down a Canadian’s throat?” Attaran said in a interview with the National Post.

He said the integrity problems could range from relatively innocuous data-entry shortcomings to clearly fraudulent behaviour, such as fudging results on drug-stability tests.

Canada’s increasing use of Indian-made medications, coupled with India’s antiquated regulatory system, points to the need for more drastic action, such as barring all imports if the country fails to modernize its rules, Attaran said.

A newspaper in India reported that inspectors from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had earlier found problems at the plants – Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories in Srikakulam and IPCA Laboratories in Pithampur.

The Indian government has said it is investigating reports of generic versions of some medicines being manufactured without proper testing.

Health Minister J.P. Nadda. said that the government was aware of the reports regarding manufacturing of generic versions of some drugs without proper testing.

“The Indian Council of Medical Research has taken up the matter with the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) for action against such erring companies,” he said.

Earlier, as part of efforts to ensure that Indian pharmaceutical products meet international standards, New Delhi said it is spending about $500 million to build the capacity of the country’s drug regulators.

National drug controller G.N. Singh said part of the money is to be used to set up a National Drug Regulatory Academy to train professionals who test drugs in the laboratories.  Singh said the government was also compiling a national pharmacopia to guide in the manufacture of drugs.

He said the government’s zeal to bring about affordable quality drugs to the people could only materialize if the government’s zero tolerance for poor quality drugs was monitored by implementing laws that punished those who violated the rules.

Sudhanshu Pandey, joint secretary in the ministry of commerce and industry, said Indian generic drugs have become globally accepted and respected, and for this reason, there was the need to send a loud message out that the government was ready to ensure that the manufacturers met the standards required of them.

Pandey said patents for about 160 drugs would be expiring soon and that would give manufacturers more opportunities but, at the same time, he cautioned that it meant that innovations in the industry will have to be transparent so that global regulators would not question the standards.

Pharmaceutical Export Council of India (Pharmexcil) says that eight out of the world’s top 25 generic companies come from India.

Re-published with permission from South Asian Post.

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  1. In the heat of Evergrande and Covid – people have forgotten the 3 billion coke seizure at
    Mundra in Gujarati Bania land !

    The message is being missed !

    The Chaiwala lost 3 Billion USD in its MARGINAL COST,based investment in Afghanistan – to the Taliban !

    In return, an angel shipped 3 Billion USD of coke from Bander Abbas (Which is FAR away from Chahabar) to Mundra (a port owned by a scion of Chaiwala)

    To ensure that the consignee DOES NOT EAT UP THE COKE – the good Taliban tipped off the DRI – which otherwise had NO CLUE !

    It was also a message to the Chaiwala and RAW that – that the next container could be 21 tons of RDX (FCL CARGO IN HC 40 FEET CONTAINER) – like in Beirut/Lebanon – and in JNPT or any other port !

    The Coke container was in BOND,in a CWC warehouse,in a PRIVATE PORT – and no one had a clue. Taliban HOPED that it would be caught – but when it was NOT – then they tipped off the Indian Duds !

    Now the question is, WHAT WAS IN THE CONTAINER ? What is the purity and grade ?

    Talcum Powder with COO of Afghanistan,consignor is Afghan, and it is shipped from BANDAR ABBAS (not Chabahar- which is closer!) – and TALCUM POWDER IS IMPORTED INTO MUNDRA – WHEN THE CONSIGNEE IS IN SOUTH INDIA (WHY NOT SHIP IT TO CHENNAI PORT TRUST ?)

    AND NO ONE CHECKED THE TALCUM POWDER !

    EVERYONE LOVES MUNDRA PORT – FOR OBVIOUS REASONS – EVERYTHING HAPPENS FAST – AS THE LUBE OIL,IS THE FACE OF GANDHI,ON A RS 2000 NOTE ! In Indian Private Ports,the entire CUSTOMS AND DRI AND ECO INT IS OUTSOURCED TO THE PRIVATE PORT (DE FACTO) ALTHOUGH, IN LAW, IT IS NOT ! THE OSTENSIBLE AIM IS PORT EFFICIENCY,MAXIMUM THROUGHPUT AND FASTEST SHIP TURNAROUND.

    IT IS A WIN-WIN-WIN !

    TALIBAN HAS PAID ITS DEBT,TO CHAIWALA !
    TAIBAN HAS SOLD DRUGS WITH A MARGINAL COST OF 200 MILLION,FOR 3 BILLION USD
    INDIANS WILL RECOUP SOME MONEY,AND RAW WILL DIVERT THESE DRUGS TO PUNJAB

    THIS IS THE GENIUS OF THE TALIBAN !

    Will the Indian Dodos be able to revive their nation, with the Rama Temple ?

    Of course,If RAW has to sell these drugs in Punjab – it will have to downgrade the coke – and then claim it was destroyed and sell the pure coke (after blending) in Punjab.The strategem of RAW and IB,is to destroy the DNA of Sikhs,and the entire North East – via drugs – which then leads to crime,terror and trafficking !

    Let us all set up Talcum powder factories in Afghanistan ! It must be very cheap, to make it viable,for an Indian Importer – located in South India !

    With such an impotent,insipid and incompetent enemy,Pakistan should make haste ! dindooohindoo

    Jiye Jiye Pakistan !

  2. TAKE THIS SAMPLE – SAMEER WANKHEDE OF THE NCB IS BEING BUGGED,TAPPED,TAGGED AND SURVEILLED BY MUMBAI POLICE ! THIS IS THE STATE OF AFFAIRS IN THIS NATION !

    https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/top-ncb-officer-sameer-wankhede-alleges-cops-monitoring-his-movement-lodges-complaint/article36955717.ece#:~:text=The%20senior%20IRS%20officer%20took,his%20claim%2C%20the%20official%20said.

    Y ?

    IT IS SIMPLE ! THE NETAS AND THE POLICE ARE THE KINGPINS OF THE DRUG TRADE ! dindooohindoo

    AND THE PROOF IS GOA – WHERE THE ANC OF GOA POLICE IS A CORRUPT AND DEBAUCHED FORCE – AND SO NCB AND SHARE NO INT WITH THE POLICE – AND THE NET RESULT IS THAT IT IS A DRUG MANUFACTURING PARADISE !

    The key bottleneck in the drug manufacturing, logistics and trafficking business is the stocking, transmitting and laundering of the same.

    o This is apparent from the DRI raid in Goa in June 2018, in a narcotics manufacturing facility in Goa – owned by a BJP MLA,who claimed to have no knowledge of the same – and the police,the Goa-FDA and the ANC of the police,also,had no clue about the same for decades.

    https://www.businesstoday.in/current/economy-politics/operation-vitamin-two-britishnabbed-oci-cards-probe-widens- drug-racket/story/279273.html

    Goa is a den for MANUFACTURING AND EXPORT of BANNED DRUGS AND SYNTHETIC NARCOTICS – By Indians and Non-Indians – which needs repatriation of money,into and of India INSPITE OF THE ABOVE, AND DRI RAIDS IN GOA – THERE IS NOT A SINGLE REPORTED RAID AND DETECTION OF MONEY LAUNDERING ACTIVITIES IN GOA IN THE LAST DECADE
    o ED RAIDS IN GOA HAVE BEEN DONE ON EX-CMs OF GOA on BRIBERY CASES OF RS 1 CRORE AND NO RAIDS HAVE BEEN DONE W.R.T DRUGS OR MATKA THE ABOVE MAKES THE INFORMATION SOUGHT FROM THE CBI, IN PARAMOUNT IN PUBLIC INTEREST

    Statements of the Panaji bench of the Bombay high court on the Goa Police-Drug mafia nexus

    https://www.ndtv.com/goa-news/goa-government-under-fire-for-awarding-drug-cop-442588

    The court observed that the police were shielding the political patrons of the drug trade “because more skeletons may tumble out from the cupboard of the police-drug dealers nexus… Is there anyone in Goa, not connected with the police, drug dealers and politicians, who does not believe that this nexus exists only because of political patronage?”

    · Justice N.A. Britto, in his order issued in June this year, had also said that the investigating team led by Salgaonkar was unwilling to get to the bottom of the police- politician-drug dealer nexus, in which seven policemen have already been arrested.

    o DYSP SALGAONCAR was later awarded the CMs Gold Medal on Goa Liberation Day

    The Goa Police service cadre is being ignored at this stage .THE STATE AND POLICE SUPPORT OF THE GOA POLICE – W.R.T THE DRUGS BUSINESS, IN GOA – IS LISTED BELOW :

    o The pathetic state of affairs is such – that the 10 Types of Drugs are now available in the Schools of the state :

    //www. heraldgoa.in/Goa-News/Goa- News/Opposition-floors- government-on-drug- availability-inschools/127242.html

    All the Goan Students in Schools are inspired by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs,who took LSD on a trip to Goa as a Backpacker

    o The Success of the Goan Drug Model is that the price of coke has falled by 50% over the last few years, while the price of diesel/food/beer etc. has increased. CBI FIR on Goa Police – ANC staff · CBI had filed a FIR against Sunil Guddler and other staff of the ANC, under narcotics drugs and psychotropic substances (NDPS) act, Prevention of Corruption Act and section 120 (B) of Indian Penal Code ·

    http://archive.indianexpress.com/news/its-official-goa-cops-framed-israeli-national-in-drugs-case/988746/ ·

    https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/goa/Entire-police-team-in-Dudu-drug-case-arrested-by-Central-Bureau-ofInvestigation/articleshow/13680427.cms

    CBI Lie Detector Test on Goa Police – ANC Staff · CBI placed several staff of the ANC, under a lie detector test after a Court Order

    · https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/goa/Lie-detection-test-for-Anti-narcotics-cell-
    copsCBI/articleshow/15783129.cms

    CBI torture of ANC Staff in presence of Dudu,an Israeli Drug Dealer

    · CBI interrogation and purported torture of ANC staff in the presence of Dudu, the Israeli Drug Trafficker ( as stated in a written complaint, by a ANC staffer) Crime Branch arrest of ANC Staff · The Goa police Crime Branch arrested 6 staff of the ANC, and one of the ANC Staff, a PI (Ashish Shirodkar) , who is accused of selling seized drugs, to an Israeli Drug Dealer (Atala), from whom the drugs were seized (sale and buy back)

    o http://m.goanews.com/news_details.php?id=1040

    Goa Police – ANC staff,stole seized drugs from Godowna and sold it in the market (as stated in writing by the Chief Secretary of Goa)

    https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/goa/Gudlar-stole-drugs-from-police-godown/articleshow/7428910.cms
    https://www.heraldgoa.in/Goa/The-Sunday-Roundtable/gudlar-case-sr-cops-claim-godown-was-empty/44627

    The 2nd problem in Goa,which makes it a corruption paradise,is the debauched and corrupt police, which man the CID,ACB,DOV,and also,the ANC.This perpetuates the culture of wanton corruption,and utter impunity,w.r.t the same.A corrupt police cannot function w/o the support of the mafia and the polity

     THE MATKA BUSINESS IS PREDICATED ON THE LAUNDERING , TRANSFER ,STORAGE,LOGISTICS OF LARGE AMOUNTS OF CASH AT CENTRAL LOCATIONS AND COLLECTIONS OF CASH AT A LARGE NUMBER OF DECENTRALISEDLOCATIONS o HOWEVER,THERE IS NO REPORT OF ANY ED RAID OR ED CHARGESHEET W.R.T. THE SAME – WHICH IS,ALSO,BECAUSE IN THE LAST 20 YEARS, THE GOA POLICE HAS FILED FIRs ON TOUTS AND RECOVERED “A FEW THOUSAND RUPEES” FROM EACH – AND NOT EVEN BEEN ABLE TO GET TO THE CASH AGGREGATORS – LET ALONE THE CASH STORAGE POINTS OR CASH TRANSFERORS
     Goa is a central zone for credit card and fx fraud, by the large number of foreign tourists in Goa,and other activities.
     Goa is also a zone for import smuggling of cigarettes,liquor and luxury items – which is not possible w/o money laundering ( and there have been many DRI raids – implicating even, customs officials)
     Goa is also a key zone, for duping investors in Ponzi schemes (Kamaxi case), and there is more than Rs 1000 crores of loan defaults in the GOAN COOPERATIVE BANKS AND CREDIT SOCIETIES
     There is also large scale money laundering in Goa, by foreigners buying land and property in Goa, or taking state leases, on the name of “Fronting Indians” or “Juridicial Entities” on beneficial ownership modes etc.
     NOT 1 RUPEE HAS BEEN RECOVERED FROM THE ABOVE AND THE LOOTED MONEY HAS BEEN LAUNDERED IN INDIA AND O/S INDIA – AND NO ED RAID OR CHARGESHEET IS FILED W.R.T THE SAME

     As an example,what is the reason for foreign backpacker and mid-range tourists coming to Goa ? The only reason is DRUGS – cheap and effective.
     Similarly,why will a SME chemical or pharmaceutical unit be set up in Goa ? Large units have set up factories in Goa,owing to the tax shelters afforded to them,by the state – which were,probably the most attractive shelters,at that point of time.
     Goa has no raw materials for these SMEs,high power costs,high labour and skilled staff costs,higher logistics cost etc.
    o The only offset, is a corrupted and debauched police,media and the administration.
    o This makes it a prime base for manufacturing drugs – as intermediates or at the finishing stages – as the point of consumption is also,in Goa – and the police ensures that,Non-Goan Drug manufacturers (excluding intermediates) are stopped from exporting their cargos into Goa.This gives the local units a natural advantage.
    o BUT THERE IS NO REPORT OF ED RAIDS OR INVESTIGATIONS ON MONEY LAUNDERING OF FUNDS FROM NARCOTICS OR INTERMEDIATE DRUG EXPORTS – USED FOR NARCOTICS

    Similarly.,why will a SME Pharma and Chemical unit – which is,primarily an exporter,set up a unit in Goa and export from Goa ? It is because it is easy to export narcotics (synthetic drugs) in their intermediate chemical stages – from the Goan Ports (as they are aware of the loopholes and intricacies of the drugs assays at the Goan ports).
    o The Police is not only corrupt but ALSO ILLITERATE, to examine or verify the narco manufacturing and export supply chain in Goa.
    o A police which cannot STOP matka – which is VISIBLE to the eye,would be obviously incapable of surveilling and preventing drug manufacturing in Goa. This is apparent from the DRI raid in Goa in June 2018, in a narcotics manufacturing facility in Goa – owned by a BJP MLA,who claimed to have no knowledge of the same – and the police,the Goa-FDA and the ANC of the police,also, had no clue about the same for decades.

    https://www.businesstoday.in/current/economy-politics/operation-vitamin-two-british-nabbed-oci-cardsprobe-widens-drug-racket/story/279273.html

    https://www.daijiworld.com/news/newsDisplay.aspx?newsID=520514

    In the above case,the BJP MLA claimed to have leased the unit to 2 NON-INDIANS,1 of whom, had 21 cases of drug smuggling in the EU, and the other had jumped parole, in a murder case in East Asia.

    o Both these persons married Indians to get OCI cards,and thus get visa free travel into India – w/o a work permit – and so they NATURALLY chose Goa for their Nocturnal Narcotics Adventure.
    o There would be several such wizards who thrived for decades in Goa. Besides the FDA-Goa,even the Goa-VAT had no clue about the operations of the enterprise.

    This is also no surprise as the Goa VAT is charged by the CAG of allowing more than Rs 1500 crores of tax claims toexpire – and making fraudulent systems,designed to ensure the same.

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