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Drug addicts decrease but trafficking swells

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 11:31 am

The number of people addicted to drugs is slowly reducing, but drug trafficking is on the increase, this was the estimation from the National Committee on AIDS, Drugs and Prostitution, which was held at a ceremony in Hanoi on Friday.

The ceremony was held in order to review the ‘fight on drugs’ over the last ten years.

Since 2007, the number of drug addicts has dropped to 146,000 people nationalwide. Most of them are unemployed and have left school at an early age.

However, younger addicts have increased. In 2001, the number of the addicts below 30 years of age accounted for nearly 58 percent. It has now skyrocketed to over 68 percent. Additionally, the number of people injecting drugs has also increase from 46 to 85 percent.

Furthermore, drug trafficking in Vietnam has changed with now the appearance of new types of ‘crystal synthetic drugs’. This is causing authorities some difficulty in detecting this new form of drug.

Attending the ceremony, Truong Tan Sang, Politburo member and permanent member of the Party’s Central Committee Secretariat, has ordered relevant authorities to increase the fight against the HIV/AIDS, drugs and prostitution.

He said, more investment should be made in building rehabilitation centers and job-training centers should assist in the reintegration, of those that had drug problems, back into the community.

Source: SGGP

Two foreign drug makers promise to reduce medicine prices

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 10:02 am

Two pharmaceutical enterprises promised to decrease some medications under the proposal of the Vietnam Drug Administration (VDA).

Cardiovascular drug Vasterel will be decreased 10 percent as  Les Laboratoires Servier  promises to reduce its price

In response to VDA’s appeal to foreign pharmaceutical enterprises in Vietnam for reducing prices of drugs, Ebewe Pharma GmbH Nfg. KG of Austria and Les Laboratoires Servier of France sent a notification to VDA to say they will reduce prices of specific drugs for treatment of cancer, heart diseases, diabetes and antibiotics.

Austria’s pharmaceutical companies said it will decrease 16 medications over 31 for treatment cancer diseases. Its products will have an average decrase from 5 percent to 12 percent.

Meanwhile France said it decreased by 7 percent for drugs for treatment diabetes (Diamicron 80mg) and 10 percent for cardiovascular disease medicines (Vastaren).

In addition, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is considering reducing prices of some drugs with huge turnover and quantity, including antibiotic for adults and kids.

Especially, these companies pledged to keep stable supply of specific drugs in hospital pharmacies.

Source: SGGP

Mexican border city hits 3,000 dead in drug war

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:45 am

This year’s death toll in drug-related violence in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, the hardest hit by Mexico’s drug war, rose to 3,000 Tuesday after two men were shot dead on a street, authorities said.

Ciudad Juarez has seen its homicide rate rise to one of the highest in the world after vicious turf battles broke out between gangs representing the Juarez and Sinaloa drug cartels in 2008.

That year, 1,623 people were killed in drug-related violence, and the toll increased to 2,763 deaths in 2009.

With prosecutors’ spokesman Arturo Sandoval announcing the latest grim milestone, a total of 7,386 people have died in the city of 1.3 million people across the border from El Paso, Texas, in three years. Most were members of rival drug gangs, but civilians, police and recovering drug addicts have also been targeted.

A federal police officer stands on a vehicle as he guards the area near a car where two people lie dead in the heavily guarded ‘safe’ zone, the PRONAF, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Monday Dec. 13, 2010.

More than 28,000 people have died throughout Mexico in the four years since President Felipe Calderon launched an offensive against drug cartels when he took office in December 2006.

The U.S. Embassy touted Mexico’s increased cooperation in anti-drug efforts, noting in a statement that on Tuesday Mexico extradited 14 suspects wanted in the United States on drug, organized crime, money laundering, weapons and homicide charges.

The extraditions “represent another victory in our joint fight against organized crime,” the embassy said.

And touting Mexico’s own successes in the offensive, Calderon said Tuesday that a big party led to the demise of a drug cartel chief, who was killed in a shootout with federal police.

The La Familia gang invited hundreds of people to a party last week in the western city of Apatzingan and didn’t bother to keep it a secret, Calderon said in an interview with W Radio.

Federal police learned about it and the shootout broke out when they arrived to investigate, he said. The government says that La Familia leader Nazario Moreno, nicknamed “The Craziest One,” was killed in battles that lasted two days and spread to key parts of Michoacan state, with gunmen blockading roads with burning vehicles.

“What happened those days is that we gave La Familia cartel the biggest blow in its history,” Calderon said. “With a certain amount of insolence, they organized a party, a gathering of hundreds of their people. … Everyone found out about the party.”

The government says cartel gunmen fled with their dead during the shootouts, and Moreno’s body has not been recovered.

After Calderon spoke, the lower house of Mexico’s Congress voted 384-2, with 21 abstentions, to rescind the congressional immunity from prosecution of a fellow legislator accused of links to La Familia.

Congressman Cesar Godoy Toscano has denied the accusations, although tapes have surfaced in which he allegedly chats with a man identified as a leader of the cartel.

Godoy Toscano already faces federal charges for allegedly protecting La Familia, but congressmen in Mexico are given immunity from arrest while in office. Tuesday’s vote suspended him from Congress, but provided that he can return to office if he is acquitted or the charges are dropped.

While Godoy Toscano had filed an appeal against his arrest on the first set of charges, which is still working its way through the courts, the Attorney General’s Office said Tuesday it will file a second set of charges against him alleging money laundering.

A statement by the office did not give specifics of the new charges, or any indication of whether allegedly laundered money may have been used in Godoy Toscano’s election campaign.

The congressman was not present at the vote, and his whereabouts were unclear.

La Familia has been the most flamboyant of Mexico’s drug cartels. The gang claims it is trying to protect Michoacan — Calderon’s home state — from other cartels and common criminals, a message it touts in banners and even in occasional interviews with the news media.

The gang has not bothered to lower its profile since Moreno’s reported death. Sympathizers — some with small children — have marched repeatedly in Apatzingan and the state capital of Morelia, carrying signs supporting the capo and demanding the withdrawal of federal forces.

On Tuesday, the Interior Department issued a statement saying such demonstrations show only the cartels’ “incipient penetration of some local sectors, but not any social support for crime and its tactics.”

Later, in a rare joint statement, federal police, prosecutors, the army and navy urged all three levels of government — local, state and federal — and all three branches of government to work together against drug cartels.

The statement said La Familia members “are nothing more than criminals whose only intention is to terrorize and attack society.”

“Far from protecting Michoacan residents from crime, they deeply hurt them. They commit murders, extortion and kidnappings,” the statement added.

Moreno, 40, the dead drug lord, was considered the ideological leader of La Familia, setting a code of conduct for members that prohibits using hard drugs or dealing them within Mexican territory.

He reputedly handed out Bibles and money to the poor, and wrote a religiously tinged book of values for the cartel, sometimes known as “The Sayings of the Craziest One.”

The gang, specializing in methamphetamine, is also known as one of Mexico’s most vicious. La Familia emerged as an independent organization in 2006, announcing its split from the Gulf cartel when it rolled five severed heads into a nightclub in the city of Uruapan.

Soon afterward, Calderon deployed thousands of federal troops and soldiers into Michoacan, a crackdown he quickly extended to other cartel strongholds in northern and western Mexico. Several top drug lords have been brought down but gang violence has soared to unprecedented levels, claiming more than 28,000 lives in four years.

“I’m a Michoacano and the situation of the state hurts,” Calderon said. “We cannot allow the law of a cartel to rule a state.”

Also Tuesday, the Mexican navy reported it seized nine go-fast boats and a total of 15 metric tons (16.5 tons) of marijuana during two days of searches in the Gulf of California.

The navy said in a statement that patrol aircraft detected three suspicious boats near an island just off the coast of Baja California state on Dec. 11. The three boats were later found abandoned, with 512 packages of marijuana on board.

Two days later, a search by land, air and sea detected six other boats and six suspects in a nearby town. Those boats were carrying 1,058 packages of marijuana.

Source: SGGP

Mexican troops kill 11 in clash with drug gang: official

In Uncategorized on November 19, 2010 at 6:56 am

Drug cartels disrupt basic services in Mexico

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2010 at 9:20 am

Solutions sought to manage drug prices

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Solutions sought to manage drug prices

QĐND – Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 21:50 (GMT+7)

Deputy Health Minister Cao Minh Quang said relevant ministries and agencies had failed to adopt their own measures to help manage drug prices.

He made the comments at a meeting between health officials and the National Assembly Committee for Social Affairs on Monday.

The meeting was convened to discuss problems in curbing rising drug prices ahead of the 8th session of the 12th NA, which is scheduled to open today, Oct 20. It will last until November 27 and include further discussions on drug prices.

Yesterday’s meeting raised a number of issues. Quang said periodical announcements of ceiling prices for drugs paid by the State budget or health insurance fund was not feasible, as it led to price increases for many other kinds of drugs.

Former Deputy Head of the ministry’s Legal Department Trinh Thi Le Tram said unclear regulations on drug price management also caused financial losses for patients.

The law required hospitals to list wholesale prices of drugs but did not clearly regulate retail price mark-ups, she said.

Therefore, drug prices at hospitals’ drugstores were often higher than the market price as the wholesale price recorded in their invoices included a five to ten per cent mark-up, she said.

Drug prices have fluctuated extraordinarily, greatly affecting people’s lives, said Deputy Head of the NA Social Affairs Committee Nguyen Van Tien.

“People may have to buy drugs at a price 20 times higher than the drug’s production cost,” he said.

The committee’s chairwoman, Truong Thi Mai, proposed that the Industry and Trade Ministry promptly issue new regulations on drug promotion to ensure patients paid fair prices.

Health Minister Nguyen Quoc Trieu said the drug market in Viet Nam was very complicated and difficult to manage but it did not mean that the ministry would give up tackling the issue.

Prices for a number of imported drugs were increased by suppliers, making it hard for authorised agencies to manage, he said.

Viet Nam imports 50 per cent of its drugs and 90 per cent of drug materials, including 22,000 kinds of drugs and 1,500 kinds of active elements. Therefore, it is difficult to set a general price framework for management, he said.

During the first nine months of the year, the pharmaceutical price rise index was 3.2 per cent, ranking ninth among 11 basic commodities.

Trieu proposed the Government and National Assembly to consider making the Finance Ministry responsible for controlling drug prices in co-operation with the Health Ministry, as drug price management required economic and financial experts from both sectors.

Source: VietNamNet/Viet Nam News


Source: QDND

Drug sector looks for high

In Uncategorized on August 8, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Drug sector looks for high

QĐND – Sunday, August 08, 2010, 21:3 (GMT+7)

Domestic and foreign investors are being called for medicine production paving the way for Vietnam’s drug production sector development.

The Ministry of Health (MoH) is calling for domestic and foreign investors to back eight medicine projects. Those include two projects to produce antibiotic materials- one with Mekophar and one worth $70 million with Ampharco USA.

Others are a packing project with Vipaco and Tan Thanh Phat Company, natural compound extraction with VCP Company, vaccine production with Vabiotech Company and a project for medical equipment production

Cao Minh Quang, Deputy Minister of Health, said foreign investment in the sector was limited as 90 per cent of production materials were imported and pharmaceutical production required large volumes of investment.

The MoH is compiling a detailed Vietnam pharmaceutical industry zoning plan to 2015 with a vision to 2020 focusing on zoning, allocating pharmaceutical factories toward specification and encouraging generic medicine production to reduce local market product prices.

“We will target domestic medicine production to meet 70 per cent of demand by 2015 and 80 per cent by 2020,” said Quang. EuroCham in Vietnam reported that Vietnam had made good progress in the clarity and quality of registration process for drug production.

However, a fast track registration process for medicines answering urgent needs could be considered and general pharmacy practice standard applications for retail pharmacies should be executed by 2011.

“Since January 2009, in line with the World Trade Organization agreement, 100 per cent foreign-owned pharmaceutical companies can be set up. However, the limited scope of licenced activity is still restricting foreign investments and granting import rights to pharmacy companies to allow accelerated investment in foreign-invested enterprises in Vietnam,” said a EuroCham official.

Keshav Dayalani, vice chairman of the Indian Business Chamber (Incham), said Vietnam should encourage hi-tech products, export incentives and develop infrastructure for drug development. “Our proposals for investment in Vietnam are a move from mass selling to quality production, set up high-end ailments and growth of specialised segments,” said Dayalani.

The country reportedly had 39 pharmaceutical foreign-invested projects by the end of 2009 including 26 operating projects with total registered capital of $302.6 million. Of these 23 projects are medicine production while others focus on medicine maintenance.

Foreign-invested factories’ production value accounted for 28 per cent of the country’s total medicine production. However, there are no foreign-invested projects in pharmaceutical chemistry and drug materials.

“We are asking the government to supplement packing production, medicines and natural compound extraction in the list of projects enjoying special incentives of investment in Vietnam,” said Quang.

Domestic medicine production met just nearly half of demand in Vietnam. The drug consumption per capita of Vietnam was $19.7 in 2009, a year-on-year increase of 20.1 per cent. The IMS Meridian Research Vietnam forecast drug consumption per capita in Vietnam will double after five years and the medicine production value in Vietnam will reach $1.9 billion in 2011 from $1.6 billion this year and $1.1 billion in 2009. 

Source: VIR/VietnamNet


Source: QDND

Top leader of Mexico’s Sinaloa drug gang killed: reports

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2010 at 3:19 am

Ignacio “Nacho” Coronel, a top leader of Mexico’s Sinaloa drug gang, was killed in a military raid in the suburbs of the western city of Guadalajara, according to media reports.

The military targeted Coronel, a close partner of Mexico’s most wanted man Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, in a raid in the suburb of Zapopan on Thursday, the main Mexican newspapers reported.

Handout picture released by Mexico’s Attorney General Office in May shows gold and silver-plated, diamond-incrusted guns believed to belong to allies of the powerful Sinaloa drug gang, seized by Mexican security forces in Zapopan, Jalisco.

A military source confirmed the raid to AFP but declined to give more information before a news conference scheduled for 7:30 pm (0030 GMT Friday).

Coronel is also known as the “King of Crystal” for his dominance of crystal methamphetamine production and trafficking as well as cocaine.

The US and Mexican governments both have outstanding arrest warrants for him, while US authorities had offered a five-million-dollar reward for information leading to his capture.

One of Coronel’s nieces reportedly married Guzman, the fugitive head of the Sinaloa gang, in 2007.

Source: SGGP

Drug distributor to support blinded patients

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 4:39 am

The Viet My Medical Equipment promised to provide financial support to 22 patients who became blind after cataract surgeries at the city Eye Hospital due to bacteria present in a surgical aid agent.

Thai Binh Long, the importer company’s director, made the promise at a meeting with hospital officials on June 16.

Hospital tests carried out on the drug showed that infections that resulted from the Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria (pink-red rods) present in trypan blue made by the Indian Khosla Pharmaceutical Company caused the blindness of the 22 patients.

The Viet My Medical Equipment in HCMC’s Go Vap District, imported and distributed Trypan blue to the hospital after winning the bidding.

Mr. Long said he would send test results to the manufacturer to ask for its compliance in compensating the victims.

Related articles:
Eye-dye manufacturer responsible for blinded patients
Surgical aid banned after patients go blind
Patients turn blind after eye surgery

Source: SGGP

Bodies pile up in Jamaica’s assault for drug kingpin

In Uncategorized on May 26, 2010 at 5:22 am