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Somaliland Health Ministry Urged to Combat Counterfeit Drug Infiltration

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Thousands of fraudulent Ozempic units seized by the FDA, posing potential risks to consumers.

FDA Seizes ‘Thousands of Doses’ of Fake Ozempic

In a recent development, the FDA has uncovered a significant issue surrounding counterfeit drugs, specifically targeting the widely used diabetes and weight loss medication, Ozempic. Thousands of units of counterfeit Ozempic have already been seized, but the agency warns that fraudulent products may still be circulating in the market, posing potential risks to public health.

Mohamed W. Dualeh, a concerned individual, has directed his attention to the Somaliland health ministry, urging them to be extremely cautious and closely monitor the quality of drugs entering the market. Dualeh emphasizes that counterfeited drugs have become a disturbingly common phenomenon in the global trade industry, fueling the irresponsible elements within the private sector.

The New York Times recently shed light on the severity of the issue, reporting that the FDA has linked five adverse events to a single lot of Ozempic that contained counterfeit medication. It is important to note that regulators have not yet determined if these issues were directly caused by the fake drugs, as the symptoms were similar to common side effects associated with Ozempic, such as nausea and stomach pain.

While it is uncommon for counterfeit drugs to reach the hands of patients, Shabbir Imber Safdar, the executive director of the Partnership for Safe Medicines, warns that shortages can lead pharmacies to purchase from unfamiliar distributors, increasing the risk of unintentionally buying counterfeit medications. Ozempic and similar drugs have been facing supply challenges, resulting in shortage of certain doses. Despite efforts by the FDA to strengthen drug tracing and verification systems, criminal distributors have become more adept at producing fake medications that bypass these safety measures.

The implications of counterfeit drugs infiltrating the market are grave, threatening not only the health and safety of consumers but also the integrity of the pharmaceutical industry. It is imperative for the Somaliland health ministry to take immediate action, implementing robust measures to combat the infiltration of counterfeit drugs and ensuring the highest standards of drug safety and efficacy.

In conclusion, the seizure of counterfeit Ozempic units by the FDA serves as a stark reminder of the alarming rise in counterfeit medications. Mohamed W. Dualeh’s warning to the Somaliland health ministry highlights the urgent need for proactive measures to protect the public from potentially harmful drugs. As the fight against counterfeit drugs continues, it is crucial for global authorities and regulatory bodies to collaborate and prioritize the safety and well-being of consumers worldwide.

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6 BEST Natural Drinks for your Kidney Health

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Discover the power of natural drinks and their benefits for your kidneys. Dive into a detailed exploration of six amazing beverages that not only taste great but also do wonders for your kidney health. From herbal teas to potent juices, we’re spilling the beans on the drinks that could make a significant difference in your wellness routine.

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Israeli Forces Advance on Khan Younis in Southern Gaza

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Israel defends high-tech evacuation plan amid rising Gaza death tol

Israel said its forces advanced Tuesday on the heart of Khan Younis, southern Gaza’s largest city, with fierce fighting against Hamas militants even as international aid organizations expressed concern that Palestinians seeking refuge in the region do not have a haven from the war.

“We are in the most intense day since the beginning of the ground operation — in terms of terrorists killed, the number of firefights and the use of firepower from the land and air,” the commander of Israel’s southern military command, Maj. Gen. Yaron Finkelman, said in a statement. “We intend to continue to strike and secure our accomplishments.”

Finkelman said that since the week-long cease-fire expired last Friday, “Israeli Air Force aircraft have carried out two rounds of strikes involving dozens of aircraft from all the combat squadrons. Hundreds of munitions were utilized during strikes on tunnels, operational shafts, and anti-tank missile launch positions in order to support the movement of [Israel Defense Forces] infantry soldiers on the ground.”

The IDF also reported intense battles farther north in the areas of Jabalya and Shuja’iyya.

A wounded Palestinian is brought into Nasser Hospital, following Israeli strikes on Ma'an school east of Khan Younis, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, Dec. 5, 2023.
A wounded Palestinian is brought into Nasser Hospital, following Israeli strikes on Ma’an school east of Khan Younis, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, Dec. 5, 2023.

Warnings from the Israeli military in recent days urged people in multiple Khan Younis neighborhoods to evacuate for their safety, directing them to areas farther south. A new warning Tuesday told people to stay away from Salah al-Din, the main north-south corridor.

Thomas White, Gaza director of the United Nations’ agency for Palestinian refugees, said Israel ordered about 600,000 people to leave neighborhoods where fighting was expected. But he said on the social media site X that the evacuation could drive them to Rafah, along the southern border with Egypt, where the new refugees could double the number of the displaced already sheltering in the crowded city.

The new arrivals erected tents and pieced together makeshift shelters in the streets or wherever they could find empty spaces around the city, according to the United Nations’ office for humanitarian affairs.

“The conditions required to deliver aid to the people of Gaza do not exist,” the U.N. said. “If possible, an even more hellish scenario is about to unfold, one in which humanitarian operations may not be able to respond. What we see today are shelters with no capacity, a health system on its knees, a lack of clean drinking water, no proper sanitation and poor nutrition for people already mentally and physically exhausted — a textbook formula for epidemics and a public health disaster.”

Wounded Palestinians lie on the floor at Nasser Hospital, following Israeli strikes on Ma'an school east of Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, Dec. 5, 2023.
Wounded Palestinians lie on the floor at Nasser Hospital, following Israeli strikes on Ma’an school east of Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, Dec. 5, 2023.

An Israel Defense Forces spokesman said the military would observe a temporary pause in attacks in the Rafah area in order to ease the movement of humanitarian supplies.

There is a border crossing in the area used to bring in truckloads of humanitarian aid from Egypt, though U.N. officials have said the amount of aid reaching civilians in Gaza is not nearly enough.

U.S. aid chief Samantha Power made a visit Tuesday to El-Arish, a nearby area used to coordinate incoming international aid.

“More must be done to protect civilians and accelerate the pace of life-saving assistance reaching the people of Gaza,” Power posted on X.
The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says an estimated 1.8 million people are displaced within Gaza, while the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees says nearly 1 million people are sheltering in its facilities in southern Gaza.

Many people fled northern Gaza for the south in the earlier stages of the war as Israel focused its campaign against Hamas in such areas as Gaza City.

The fighting has only been interrupted by the cease-fire. The deal, brokered by Qatar, the United States and Egypt, included Hamas releasing more than 100 hostages and Israel freeing 240 Palestinian prisoners.

This picture taken from Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Dec. 5, 2023, shows an explosion in Khan Yunis as battles between Israel and Hamas militants continue.
This picture taken from Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Dec. 5, 2023, shows an explosion in Khan Yunis as battles between Israel and Hamas militants continue.

Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said during a speech to Gulf leaders Tuesday that Qatar was working to renew the truce, but that a pause in fighting was not an alternative to a comprehensive cease-fire.
The emir also criticized what he described as inaction by the international community.

“It is shameful for the international community to allow this heinous crime to continue for nearly two months, during which the systematic and deliberate killing of innocent civilians continues, including women and children,” the emir said.

Israel has accused Hamas of embedding itself in and underneath hospitals and other civilian areas and encouraging civilians to ignore Israeli warnings to evacuate ahead of airstrikes, in effect using them as human shields, an accusation Hamas has denied.

Israel began its military campaign to end Hamas’ rule of Gaza after Hamas fighters crossed into southern Israel on October 7, killing about 1,200 people and taking about 240 people as hostages.

In its military offensive, Israel has killed at least 15,890 people in Gaza, 70% of them women and children, according to the Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza.

Some information for this story came from The Associated Press, Agence France-Presse and Reuters.

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Australia Developing ‘Secret Cloud Initiative’ Interoperable With US, UK – Intelligence Chief

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WASHINGTON (Waryatv) – Australia is working to develop a “top secret cloud initiative” that will be “interoperable” with US and UK intelligence agencies, its director-general of national intelligence said Monday.

“In Australia, we are working very hard on a top-secret cloud initiative…what that will do is obviously transform how we do our work as agencies but also it’ll open up a shared collaborative space,” Andrew Shearer said at a talk hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Shearer added that the initiative would make Australia “interoperable” with the US and UK intelligence communities. He said that the project was being designed with “interoperability with our most important partners right from the start.”
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