Archive for July 2016

Next Avenue: Why Canadian Online Pharmacies Are So Dangerous

In an article written by Next Avenue’s Emily Gurnon, Partnership for Safe Medicines board member Jim Dahl explains why shopping at unlicensed online pharmacies is anything but harmless to U.S. consumers. While patients might be lured to unlicensed pharmacy website with the promise of savings, a counterfeit drug that doesn’t help your health is no…

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Women in 2 States Indicted in Separate Clandestine Silicone Injection Scams

In May, both Maryland and Florida prosecuted 2 women for injecting unsuspecting patients with industrial-grade silicone. The Florida case resulted in a death. Maryland Kendra Westmoreland allegedly had been injecting customers with industrial grade dimethicone for 15 years when she was indicted on May 12, 2016 on charges she received and administered an adulterated or…

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Connecticut Senator Calls for State Medical Board Intervention in Cases Where Doctors Bought Misbranded Drugs from Gallant Pharma

Although 5 doctors in Connecticut and 256 doctors nationwide have received FDA warning letters concerning purchases of non-FDA approved medication from the now-defunct medicine wholesaler Gallant Pharma International, no state medical boards have investigated any of their practices. Now Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut is calling for the FDA to provide these names to state…

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President of Pharmalogical and Medical Device King Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Sales of Counterfeit Drugs

In 2014, the Department of Justice broke up one of the largest wholesale counterfeit drug operations in the United States. Medical Device King specialized in IV oncology medications, including some cold chain chemotherapy products designed for treating cancer patients.  Owner William Scully imported fakes into the United States from criminals in foreign countries, and then sold…

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