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  • Brazil: Strike May Prompt Drug Shortages

    [Editor's note: the majority of Brazilian regulatory authorities ended their strike on Monday, 3 September 2012 according to Reuters . Approximately 10% of workers remain on strike.] The Brazilian press is claiming that the ongoing strike of employees at the country's National Health Surveillance Agency, Anvisa, is threatening to create drug shortages throughout the country.   "In the hospitals, concerns have grown over shortages of essential medicines an...
  • Indian Drug Representatives Strike for Strengthened Regulations

    More than 150,000 sales representatives for pharmaceutical companies went on strike on 23 August in the hopes of spurring greater regulation of their industry in an attempt to reduce corruption and bolster integrity, according to the union that represents the workers. The sales reps are a part of the Federation of Medical Representatives Association of India ( FMRAI ), reports the India News Network , and they campaigned throughout the day to draw attention to the probl...
  • Brazil: New Drug and Device Import Rules Issued

    New import rules ( RDC 43 ) released by Brazilian regulatory authority Anvisa on 6 August clarify that products subject to regulation may obtain import approval if the import license application is not examined within five working days from the date of request by the importer.  The new rules cover situations where a labor strike-such as the one recently launched by many Anvisa regulators -or other event slows down the import administrative process or when th...
  • Brazilian Regulators Go On Strike

    Brazilian government officials, including those at the regulatory agency Anvisa, have gone on strike, leaving the agency critically under-staffed and scrambling to make sure its basic operational functions are maintained. Anivsa said in a statement that the Brazilian Supreme Court has ordered it to ensure at least 30% of its work force remains on the job during a  strike of the regulatory agency's workers . Anvisa has reportedly assured industry that the agency...