Archive for 2017

Illicit Canadian Pharmaceutical Wholesaler Pays $75 Million and 5 Conspirators Prosecuted in Massive Misbranded/Counterfeit Drugs Case

In one of the largest prosecutions of its kind, illicit Canadian pharmaceutical wholesaler SB Medical Inc./TC Medical Group were fined $45 million and forced to forfeit another $30 million in profits due to their years-long conspiracy to smuggle misbranded and counterfeit medications into the United States. From 2011-2014, TC Medical smuggled orthopedic injections, rheumatology infusions,…

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Comment: Importing Canadian drugs could harm HIV patients

This editorial by Scott Bertani was published in the Washington Herald on May 7, 2017. Mr. Bertani is the Director of Policy and Community Relations for Lifelong AIDS Alliance, a nonprofit health advocacy group based in Western Washington. Congress recently introduced a bill that would permit pharmacists and patients to import prescription drugs from Canada.…

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Economist: Drug Importation Will Not Improve Health Care Affordability

This editorial by Wayne Winegarden, Ph.D. appeared in Forbes on April 27, 2017. Dr. Winegarden is the Managing Editor for EconoSTATS and a senior Fellow in Business and Economics at the Pacific Research Institute. The growing problem of health care affordability requires prompt and effective policy solutions. However, just as the wrong medical diagnosis will…

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Carmichael: Drug Reimportation Isn’t Such A Great Idea After All

Ellen L. Carmichael’s editorial appeared in the Hayride on May 5, 2017. Carmichael formerly served as press secretary to now-Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, M.D. She is currently president of The Lafayette Company. As the country debates the future of Obamacare, many Americans have overlooked another crucial health care fight looming: drug price…

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Nayyar, Gaurvika M. L. et al., “The Global Pandemic of Falsified Medicines: Laboratory and Field Innovations and Policy Perspectives,” The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Volume 92, Issue 6_Suppl, Jun 2015, p. 2 – 7

Introduction This supplement to the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, entitled “The pandemic of falsified medicines: laboratory and field innovations and policy perspectives,” showcases 17 articles on detection technologies and methods, field surveillance data, multisectorial perspectives, and policy interventions and recommendations needed to create a coordinated and effective response to curb the pandemic…

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A Patient Speaks Out: “Drug importation is dangerous.”

Ali Schroer wrote this editorial for the Washington Examiner on May 10, 2017. Like millions of Americans, I take allergy medicine. A few years ago, my doctor urged me to bid farewell to my local pharmacy and instead buy my medication from an online Canadian drug store, where it was cheaper. What terrible advice! The…

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