Archive for 2013

Guilty Pleas for Workers and Owners of Illegal Pharmaceutical Wholesaler in Virginia

In August 2013, the Department of Justice announced indictments of eleven people involved in running an unlicensed pharmaceutical wholesale business out of suburban Virginia. To date, seven employees of Gallant Pharma International, along with one of its co-owners have pleaded guilty to charges of importing and distributing non-FDA approved injectable medications via their unlicensed wholesale…

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Learn the Safe Way to Empty Your Flexible Spending Account

              Download FSA.pdf (493.3K) As we approach the end of the year, people seeking to empty their flexible spending accounts or avoid new prescription deductibles in the new year will order prescriptions and other medical supplies online.But the convenience of purchasing online shouldn’t prevent you from ensuring that your…

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Maryland Pharmacist Indicted for Selling Non FDA Approved Meds

The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced on December 11, 2013 the indictment of Salim Yusufov, owner and operator of Healthway Pharmacy in Pikesville, MD.  Yusufov is charged with illegally providing unapproved prescription drugs for customers from Germany and Eastern Europe.  The medication, Corvol, contains large amounts of phenobarbital, and is used to treat elevated blood…

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Turkish Police Bust a Source of Fake Cancer Medication Exported to U.S.

Turkish police in Istanbul have arrested 56 as part of an organized crime ring in the business of manufacturing and distributing counterfeit cancer drugs for sale in Turkey and other countries, including the United States. The Hurriyet Daily News has reported that police in Istanbul have broken up a conspiracy operating throughout Turkey that manufactured…

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PSM Releases Overview of Unapproved Cancer Medication Cases

PSM’s Black Market Cancer Drug Cases 2007-2013 looks back through the past 6 years at the numerous cases of fake or misbranded cancer drugs that were sold by shady black market drug sellers and purchased by doctors and clinics throughout the United States. Since 2007, 16 physicians and drug distributors have been prosecuted for their…

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PSM Representatives Speak at NADDI Conference

As part of PSM's continuing efforts to publicize the dangers posed by counterfeit medications, two representatives  from PSM spoke at last week's National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators Conference. On November 20th, 2013, two speakers from the Partnership for Safe Medicines spoke to an audience of 400 drug diversion investigators in Saint Louis Missouri at…

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President Signs Drug Quality and Security Act

President Barack Obama talks with Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling and Miguel Rodriguez, Director of Legislative Affairs.Image courtesy of The White House via Flickr. On November 27, 2013, President Obama signed H.R. 3204, the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA). The new law established a national track-and-trace system to…

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San Diego Pharmacist Pleads Guilty in Misbranded Cancer Drug Case

Alvarado Medical Pharmacy owner and pharmacist, Daniel Burdine, pleaded guilty December 4th, 2013 to health care fraud in charges pertaining to his purchase and sale of illegally imported cancer medications from a known supplier of counterfeit cancer medication, Quality Specialty Products (QSP). QSP based in Winnepeg, Canada, was previously identified as one of the foreign…

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