Archive for January 2014

Turkish Nationals Indicted in Counterfeit Cancer Drug Scam Centering on Saint Louis

Two Turkish nationals have been indicted in a counterfeit cancer drug smuggling ring that illegally imported fake cancer treatments from Turkey and other countries and sold them to doctors and clinics in the Saint Louis area. Ozkan Semizoglu and Sabahaddin Akman, both citizens of Turkey, are alleged to have imported “unapproved, misbranded, adulterated and counterfeit…

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PSM Releases Report on Black Market IUDs at U.S. Clinics

Download BlackMarketIUD_singlepage5.pdf (2346.7.K) Download and share the Black Market IUD Cases Resource which highlights important cases of illegally imported, non-FDA approved IUDs that were purchased by doctors and inserted into unsuspecting patients at clinics in the U.S. in the past five years. Since 2009, 35 doctors in 7 states have been prosecuted for exposing women…

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Pharmacists in 3 States Implicated in Schemes to Illegally Import Drugs and Defraud Medicare

Learn more about black market cancer drug cases by downloading this resource. While many pharmacists act as custodians for their patients’ safety, three different pharmacists in California, New York, and Pennsylvania have either been indicted or pleaded guilty to charges ranging from prescription drug smuggling and money laundering, to heath care fraud and illegal diversion…

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Brownsville Resident Sentenced to Jail in Fake Stem Cell Treatment Case

Texas resident Francisco Morales, has been sentenced 60 months in federal prison plus three years of supervised release and a fine of $479,862 for his role in a conspiracy to introduce misbranded and unapproved new drugs into interstate commerce. Morales and co-defendant Lawrence Stowe, both falsely presented themselves as licensed U. S. doctors. Morales ran…

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Study Shows Internet Savvy Ages More Concerned with Medicine Safety

Graphic from PwC’s report, “Younger consumers are more concerned about the safety and quality of their medications” A recent survey by Pricewaterhouse Coopers found that people 18-24 had the greatest concerns when it comes to medicine safety. Greater numbers of young consumers express concern about the quality and safety of their medications than those 65…

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Cleveland News Station Ends Up With Fake Drugs When They Try Buying Online

A news channel conducted their own investigation into purchasing prescription drugs online. Testing of the drugs they received proved they were counterfeit, and in some cases contained dangerous banned compounds. A Colorado news station, 9 News Colorado, shared with their viewers the disturbing experience of their sister news station, WKYC in Cleveland. WKYC’s investigation in…

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UNODC Launches New Consumer Awareness Campaign Emphasizing the Organized Crime Element Present in Counterfeiting.

Download What Kind of Businesses Are Fake Online Pharmacies   New campaign, “Counterfeit: Don’t Buy Into Organized Crime” addresses the dangers posed to consumers who purchase medicine that turns out to be counterfeit. “Counterfeit: Don’t Buy Into Organized Crime,” the new consumer awareness campaign launched today by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime…

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Texas Doctor Pleads Guilty to Buying Misbranded Cancer Drugs from Supplier of Fake Avastin

Download BlackMarketCancer_Long.pdf (881.4K) Dr. Eduardo Miranda, an oncologist practicing in Laredo, Texas, was accused of illegally importing non-FDA approved cancer medications from a known source of counterfeit Avastin. In December 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) reported that Dr. Eduardo Miranda had pleaded guilty to charges that he imported non-FDA approved cancer medication into…

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