Archive for July 2013

Utah Businessman Sentenced to Year in Prison For Importation of Non-FDA Approved Medicines

On July 31, 2013, Michael Lawrence O’Donnell of Pleasant Grove, Utah, was sentenced to a year in federal prison for operating a series of unlicensed wholesale businesses that sold non-FDA approved prescription drugs to health care providers. O’Donnell imported prescription drugs (including Botox, Zometa, Gemzar, and Aranesp) from the United Kingdom-based company GHRX. He then…

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NABP Warns: Fake Online Pharmacy Collective Pretends to Be Canadian Pharmacies

The new NABP report warns that a fake online pharmacy collective is posing as individual, but fake, Canadian pharmacies.  In their latest quarterly report, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy calls for strong consumer outreach in response to ever-more sophisticated efforts by fake online pharmacies in disguising the illegal nature of their operations. The July progress report from…

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FDA Alert: Healthy Life Chemistry By Purity First B-50: FDA Health Risk Warning – Undeclared Ingredients

This is a reprint of an FDA Alert [Posted 07/26/2013] AUDIENCE: Consumer, Health Professional ISSUE: FDA is warning consumers that they should not use or purchase Healthy Life Chemistry By Purity First B-50, marketed as a vitamin B dietary supplement. A preliminary FDA laboratory analysis indicated that the product contains two potentially harmful anabolic steroids—methasterone,…

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FDA Alert: Diabetes Treatments: FDA Alerts of Illegal Sales – Undeclared Ingredients

This is a reprint of an FDA Alert [Posted 07/23/2013] AUDIENCE: Consumer, Health Professional ISSUE: FDA is taking action to remove from the market illegal products, including some labeled as dietary supplements, that claim to mitigate, treat, cure or prevent diabetes and related complications. To date, the FDA is not aware of any reports of…

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IFPMA Warns Everyone to Be Wary of Fake Drugs in “Watch Out For False Friends”

The International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA) has produced a short video starring an animated “genuine” pill warning consumers and doctors of the dangers of counterfeit drugs.  In a post on the Global Health Matters blog, editor Mario Ottiglio explains the reasons for the campaign: “Every day, fake medicines find their way into…

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Counterfeit Drugs in America 101: Workshop For Drug Safety A Great Success!

In the last year, there were several cases of counterfeit medication entering the secure U.S drug supply chain via orders made by healthcare professionals. The safety dangers to patients are implicit, but the legal problems healthcare providers face in these cases are not. On Thursday July 18th, the Partnership for Safe Medicines hosted Counterfeit Drugs…

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New Chartered Non Profit to Ensure Patient Access to Safe Online Pharmacies

Libby Baney speaking at the 2012 Interchange on online pharmacy patient safety issues. The Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP), an informal advocacy coalition started in 2009, has now become a charted nonprofit organization.  Focused on online pharmacy safety, it is dedicated to protecting patient safety through legitimate online pharmacies. ASOP’s President is Diane Darvey,…

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British Owner of Fake Cancer Drug Distributor Sentenced in Federal Court

On July 11 2013 in Saint Louis, Richard J. Taylor of the United Kingdom was sentenced to 18 months in prison and required to forfeit close for $4 million in fines and penalties for his role in introducing counterfeit cancer medication into the secure U.S. drug supply chain. Taylor’s company, Richards Pharma had been found…

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