Counterfeit condoms: new health risk

January 8, 2013, 10:22 amYahoo!7

The British government issues official warning over fake condom outbreak.

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A word of caution: if you recently travelled to the UK and purchased (and used) condoms, they may have been fake

An increasing number of fake condoms are turning up on shop shelves, according to the UK government's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulation Agency (MHRA).

In the last 18 months, millions of counterfeit condoms, including those from major brands such as Durex, have been illegally imported into the country, the BBC Newsbeat radio program reports. In August 2012, $2.3m worth of counterfeit condoms were seized at Heathrow Airport.

The phony condoms have been manufactured using inferior products and standards, causing them to have a high burst rate, offering no protection against STIs or pregnancy, say family planning experts.

A senior investigator said that the fake condoms are mainly found on sale in corner shops, newsagents and market stalls and warned consumers to buy condoms only from well-known retailers and pharmacies.

Because the counterfeiters have copied the brands so well - down to logo, packaging, date stamp and Kite mark (the UK product and service quality certification ) - sniffer dogs are being trained to detect the illegal products.

Closer to home, China suffered a similar scandal in 2010, where an underground workshop in Hunan province was caught manufacturing fake contraceptives. Laborers were found lubricating condoms with vegetable oil in unsterile conditions, passing off the counterfeits as high-quality-brand products.

A spokesperson for the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) said that while counterfeit medicines are a global public health problem, Australia is largely protected through a strong regulatory framework and border control measures.

"The TGA can only find complaints of importation and supply of condoms not included in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods, or other complaints about parallel importation of condoms which are approved for overseas markets and imported to Australia. Often the complainant is the sponsor of the approved "version" of the condom for the Australian market. Invariably the overseas products often have labels with language other than English."

"The growth of counterfeit goods in more recent times reflects both the expansion of international trade in medicines and medical devices, and the increased level of expertise and sophistication of those that produce and market counterfeit products."

Concerned about counterfeit therapeutic goods? Report the matter to the Therapeutic Goods Administration for investigation.

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  1. alienconcepts12:33am Thursday 10th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    the ghost hunter either came from one of those condoms or he is has a mega inheritance in Swizterland or similar ... anyone earning less than 200K with wealth less than 5 million should support a green/labor alliance ... and so hot, stop burning fossil fuels .. burn the fossil fools like ghost hunter

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  2. Tony Abbott says no....10:16am Wednesday 09th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Some very stupid comments by Ghost Hunter. Typical conservative = sexist. Probably a rank racist as well. JuLIAR is not funny. It just shows that you are a stupid Alan Jones listener.

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  3. Glib08:26pm Tuesday 08th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Cumming inside a condom is a complete waste anyway. Most girls I have known prefer to watch & /or taste.

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  4. alienconcepts06:55pm Tuesday 08th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    tax mega wealth inheritances ... every one needs a fair dollar to stop corruption of all sorts ..... freeze all money into and out of Switzerland .....

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  5. Fouzia06:35pm Tuesday 08th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Very Good Information all peolpe and Specially HIV + group. "Prevention is better than cure "

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  6. Daggers04:41pm Tuesday 08th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    If I recently travelled to the UK and knocked up some pommie chick, well.....................I'm home now, so tough luck girlie!

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  7. GHI04:37pm Tuesday 08th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    They previously manufactured balloons and discovered that making counterfeit condoms were more lucrative. lol

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