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Canadian Online Pharmacy Retains Canadian License Despite U.S. Allegations of Selling $78 Million in Fake Drugs to Americans

Online pharmacy Canada Drugs, under indictment for selling millions of dollars worth of fake and misbranded cancer medications to U.S. medical offices, still retains its license to operate from the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba, according to CBC’s Karen Pauls. Despite accusations from U.S. federal prosecutors for allegedly selling $78 million of unapproved, misbranded and…

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Fake Pills Manufacturing Equipment Found in Canadian Drug Dealer Bust

Police in Ottawa made a disturbing discovery when conducting a drug bust, CBC Canada is reporting. In addition to finding a typical array of cash, drugs and guns, Ottawa police found a quantity of an “unknown powder” that has yet to be analyzed, and a counterfeit pill press capable of producing 20,000 counterfeit pills an…

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Canada Drugs Indictment: Six Canadians Arrested & Facing Extradition

Almost three years after the original grand jury indictment in November 2014, the owner of Canada Drugs and five of his co-conspirators were arrested on June 14 and 15 in Canada under the Extradition Act, reports CBC News. Kristjan Thorkelson, Thomas Haughton, Ronald Sigurdson, Darren Chalus, Troy Nakamura, and James Trueman have been arrested in…

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The Drug Counterfeiters Next Door: Fentanyl-laced Oxycodone Pills Distributed from Utah Suburb

A Utah man and five friends are facing federal drug trafficking, drug counterfeiting, mail and wire-fraud charges for allegedly distributing hundreds of thousands of counterfeit prescription medications laced with fentanyl, a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release reports. The DOJ alleges that Aaron Michael Shamo and his co-conspirators turned his suburban Cottonwood Heights home into…

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Kevin St. James Worries That Drug Importation Will Make the Opioid Crisis Worse

Kevin St. James, Commissioner of Rockingham County in New Hampshire is very concerned that Congressional representatives will pass drug importation legislation without giving any thought to the explosive impact that opening our borders to drug shipments will have on America’s deadly opioid/fentanyl crisis. In an editorial published in The New Hampshire Union-Leader, he lays out…

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STAT black market importation policy recommendation based in rhetoric, not facts

The most recent editorial in Stat advocating black market drug importation under the guise of “ordering prescription drugs abroad” overlooks many safety dangers. The most important oversight is in the characterization of the cost of medications. Over 80% of all medications dispensed in the U.S. are dispensed as generic, and generics as a whole are…

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Investigation by Former FBI Director Louis Freeh Finds Congressional Drug Importation Proposals Would Pose Significant Threats

Law Enforcement Would Carry Costs and Burdens Related to Opening U.S. Drug Supply to Increased Threat of Foreign-Sourced Counterfeits “Permitting prescription drug importation would lead to an increased flow of counterfeit and other potentially dangerous products across U.S. borders, worsen the opioid crisis, and cause unnecessary strain on law enforcement and already-overburdened government regulators, according…

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American Pharmacists Association, National Association of Chain Drug Stores urge Trump to reject drug importation proposals

On June 1, 2017, the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), which represents 64,000 pharmacy professionals, and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS), which represents more than 100 national and regional pharmacy chains,  sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him not to support legislation that would allow broad personal and commercial importation of non-FDA approved prescription drugs. Both…

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Save Savings Tip: Generic Prinivil and Generic Discount Drug Programs

According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 75 million people, 1 of 3 U.S. adults, have high blood pressure and only 54% of these people have their high blood pressure under control. It is not surprising that lisinopril, the generic version of Prinivil that treats high blood pressure and heart failure, was the third…

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