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Another Warning of Fake Cancer Drugs

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Prediction Nine of our 2013 Predictions for Global Supply Chains (research report available for free download within our Research Center) noted that higher and more expensive incidents of counterfeit products within and across supply chains will finally motivate industry to step-up mitigation efforts. Last year, one of the more visible aspects of this problem were incidents of counterfeit versions of the cancer life-saving drug Avastin making their way across global supply chains. In a July 2012 commentary, Supply Chain Matters highlighted The Wall Street Journal’s investigative report that traced how fake versions of Avastin were procured and distributed through a network of international distributors. The global distribution scheme opened the door to sourcing of the drug from countries where regulatory controls are not as strict, and where introduction of fake medicines into the supply chain are more easily accomplished. On Wednesday of this week, The Wall Street Journal once again […]

A Friday Rant: Pay for Opinion Content

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Over on the Horses for Sources Blog, Phil Fersht has penned a commentary, Fooled by Forbes’ fantasy fiction?, which Supply Chain Matters would like to also echo.  In his commentary, Phil calls attention to publisher Forbes Magazine and its “BrandVoice” columns to blatantly promote various technology products from technology providers such as Oracle and SAP. Phil notes: “There is no sponsored content indication anywhere on the BrandVoice articles, not even a company logo at the top of the pieces.  Moreover, midway through last year, the column title was changed from AdVoice to BrandVoice, further blurring the lines between reality and fantasy. The list of praiseworthy articles is endless, and (seemingly) very convincing to the general reader, who is being fooled into thinking they are reading real journalism.” Phil provides a couple of specific examples for readers. The reason that this commentary resonated with us is that we also have noted […]