The reputation of Chinese pharmaceuticals in Africa has taken a hammering over the last couple of years. Far from curing disease, Chinese companies are accused of sitting at the centre of a vast counterfeiting industry dumping fake medicines on the continent at a cost of billions of dollars and countless lives. But two Chinese pharmaceutical companies – Guilin Pharmaceuticals and Watson Global Pharmaceuticals – are breaking new ground by introducing SMS-based authenticity checks for their anti-malarial drugs in Africa.
E-commerce giant taobao.com and the organization that oversees Shanghai's hospitals have shut down 10 online shops this month selling doctors' appointments as part of a campaign to crack down on scalping over the Internet, local media reported Tuesday. The Shanghai Shenkang Hospital Development Center and taobao.com have closed more than 1,500 accounts belonging to appointment scalpers since the middle of last year, according to a report in the Oriental Morning Post. Although the center has set up two websites that allow patients to make appointments with doctors at 35 public hospitals, ap
Victims of online fraud need greater support to help them overcome the often serious health effects that follow discovery of the deception, QUT cybersecurity researcher Cassandra Cross says. Dr Cross's extensive research on online fraud victimisation and prevention was heavily drawn upon in the recent Federal Government Inquiry into Cybersafety for Senior Australians. She studied online fraud in Australia, UK, US and Canada as a Churchill Fellow and found that, while victimisation could happen to anyone, seniors were attractive targets who were losing more than just money to offenders. "Ma
Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced new criteria for sponsoring parents and grandparents to come to Canada today that are aimed at ensuring elderly immigrants don't end up on welfare or in social housing. Kenney said the number of older immigrants allowed into Canada must be limited because of the burden they place on the health-care system and other social resources.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation says seniors are more likely to have a nest egg, own their home, have excellent credit and generally be more trusting, all of which makes them an attractive target for scams and fraud. "Statistics say part of the risk factor for seniors is their generation is more trusting. They believe that a person's word is good because their word is important to them," Casto said.