Archive for February 2017

Nearly 170 Organizations Urge Congress to Protect Patients from Hazards of Drug Importation

Coalition Calls on Congress to Maintain Safe Access to Medicines For Immediate Release February 28, 2017 Washington, D.C. – The Partnership for Safe Medicines (PSM) today sent a letter signed by nearly 170 groups to all members of Congress urging them to continue protecting Americans and stand against efforts that would allow substandard and even dangerous…

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Inconvenient facts about drug importation proponents don’t want you to hear

Canadian pharmacists are not allowed to dispense drugs to Americans with just a prescription from an American physician.  The National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA), which represents pharmacy regulators across Canada, says that “pharmacists in Canada are not legally allowed to fill prescriptions from physicians that are not licensed to practice medicine in Canada.”…

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The Partnership for Safe Medicines Letter to Congress – February 28, 2017

The Partnership for Safe Medicines (PSM) today sent a letter to all members of Congress urging them to continue protecting Americans and stand against efforts that would allow substandard and even dangerous counterfeit medicines to flow freely across U.S. borders and into the hands of the American people. The letter, signed by nearly 170 groups, is…

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California Drug Counterfeiter Sentenced to 10 Years in Jail

David Beckford was one of 5 California residents charged in a scheme to produce and sell fake Xanax from bulk medication imported from China. A Northern California Federal Court has sentenced Oakland resident David Beckford to ten years in prison after his guilty plea on counterfeit drug, money laundering, and weapons charges, The Department of…

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Counterfeit Drugs in America 2017

Counterfeit Drugs In America: Crimes, Victims & Solutions (2017), is The Partnership for Safe Medicines’ 60-page primer about the threat counterfeit medicines pose to Americans. The “fact pack” explains where counterfeit drugs come from, why they’re dangerous, how they get to American patients, and how we can protect ourselves.

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NABP Warns Congress About Canadian Online Pharmacies, February 10, 2017

A clandestine fake drug factory in Colombia washes empty medication bottles before filling them with counterfeit Tazocin, a prescription antibiotic. Photo courtesy of Pfizer. On February 10th, 2017, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacies wrote a letter to the U.S. Congress about the risks associated with Canadian online pharmacies. The letter, below in text…

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Fake Online Pharmacy Owner Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison

Juan Gallinal, a former Virginia police officer, acted as the head of a Florida conspiracy that used a valid brick-and-mortar pharmacy as a cover for series of fake pharmacy websites that sold misbranded and addictive drugs. The owner of a fake online pharmacy business in Florida has been sentenced to eight years in prison, the…

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Fake Xanax Manufacturer Sentenced to Prison in California Case

28 year old Oakland resident David Beckford has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in producing and selling counterfeit Xanax pills. Beckford and his co-conspirators imported bulk medication and pill presses from China and other countries that they then turned into real-looking Xanax pills. Authorities found that he intended to put…

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