Russian Regulators Highlight Crackdown on Counterfeit Products
Russia’s device authority is taking a strong stance against counterfeit and unregistered products, according to representatives at separate events in November.
Speaking at a conference on combating fake medical products, Maria Migeeva, deputy head at Roszdravnadzor, said the health regulator has suspended the use of 28 medical devices and confiscated 201 unregistered medical products along with three that did not conform to quality requirements.
Further, during the first half of the year, the regulator has logged 678 reports of administrative offenses and imposed fines totaling about U.S. $145,000.
Separately, Roszdravnadzor organized a conference in Moscow that included an overview of state regulations of medical devices. FarmMedObraschenie 2015 was attended by a number of international organizations, including U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention, Japan’s Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency and the Ministry of Healthcare and Social Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
During the event, which was named as part of the Ministry of Health’s scientific activities for 2015, Deputy Minister of Health Igor Ghahramanyan said inspection and supervisory activities have improved in recent years, as evidenced by the number of fines collected. He added that body also has beefed up inspections of regulated industry.
Mikhail Murashko, head of Roszdravnadzor, added that the strengthened regulatory powers provided by the government have allowed his agency to crack down on those producing counterfeit medical products through enhanced penalties.
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