Archive for May 2014

Operation Pangea VII Shuts Down Thousands of Fake Online Pharmacies in Largest Operation Yet

Photo Credit: Interpol Operation Pangea, Interpol’s annual cooperative effort with law enforcement and customs agents from throughout the globe, targets fake online pharmacies and the drug-counterfeiting criminals that run them. In its seventh year, Operation Pangea VII shut down over 10,000 fake online pharmacies, and seized 9.4 million doses of fake drugs. On May 22,…

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Patient Advocates Warn of Dangers of Black Market HIV Medicines

In May 2014, the Community Access National Network (CANN) and the Partnership for Safe Medicines (PSM), released a new resource for the HIV/AIDS community and their doctors. The flyers, available online and in print form, highlighted the incidence of black market HIV/AIDS medication since 2006 and offered tips for patients and physicians to ensure they are purchasing legitimate drugs from reputable sources.

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Canadians Are in Danger From Fake Online Pharmacies for the Same Reason Americans Are

Internet purchases of prescription drugs proliferate in Canada, exposing unsuspecting Canadians to black market and counterfeit medication. At Interchange 2014, we’ll tackle the current state of fake online pharmacies and help you decode fake pharmacy websites. In part one of a two-part series on Canadian fake online pharmacies, iPolitics describes the trend among Canadian consumers…

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Co-Owner of Black Market Pharmaceutical Wholesaler Gallant Pharma Sentenced to 3 Years, Fined $3.4 Million.

Syed “Farhan” Huda, co-owner of Gallant Pharma International, is one of 12 people convicted for their roles in operating a vast unlicensed pharmaceutical wholesale operation from suburban Virginia. Last year, Huda pleaded guilty to illegal importation, introducing misbranded drugs, unlicensed medical wholesaling and wire fraud. Five months after pleading guilty to charges that he was…

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Organized Crime Behind Theft and Counterfeiting of Cancer Medication in Europe

Italian Medicines Agency representative identifies the powerful Camorra organized crime family as the alleged ringleaders of medicine thefts, with five truckloads of drugs going missing a month. European authorities recovered lots of the stolen cancer injectable drugs where the genuine medication had been replaced with low-cost antibiotics. The Wall Street Journal reports that the recent…

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Maine Board of Pharmacy Asks for AG Investigation of Canadian Online Pharmacy

Board votes unanimously to ask Maine Attorney General to send cease-and-desist letter to a Canadian online pharmacy, and to investigate the charge that they are violating Maine law. CanadaDrugCenter’s activities first came to light when Maine Pharmacy Association President Kenneth McCall filed a complaint against them for selling medication that did not originate in approved…

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Leading Patient Safety Groups Collaborate for Women’s Health Week

New infographic focuses on dangers to women’s health from counterfeit and black market medicine Washington, D.C. (May 14, 2014) – This week is women’s health week, and nationally-known patient advocates Men’s Health Network and public health advocates the Partnership for Safe Medicines (PSM) are sounding the alarm about the growing danger of counterfeit and black…

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Clandestine Pharmaceutical Distributor in Virginia That Posed As Canadian Company Shuttered, 11 Indicted

View larger map 11 people have been indicted in an $8.6 million prescription drug importation scheme operating out of Crystal City, Virginia. Called Gallant Pharma International, the business has been shuttered due to allegations that they were operating a prescription drug distribution business illegally and importing non-FDA approved drugs into United States. Once the drugs…

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