Press Releases

The Fallacy of Drug Importation

Former Federal Regulators, Law Enforcement Officials Dispute Rhetoric on Drug Importation Merits, Highlight the Serious Harm Posed to Patient Health Washington, D.C. — In one of the strongest challenges to drug importation proposals to date, several former federal law enforcement officials and public health experts warned of serious consequences in opening up the U.S. drug supply…

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New Poll: Majorities of Pharmacists and Law Enforcement Say Drug Importation Proposals Will Increase Counterfeits, Erode Safety, and Spur Drug Abuse

More than half of law enforcement officials surveyed believe drug importation would increase the flow of counterfeit medications into the United States. Six in ten pharmacists believe drug importation would increase rates of drug abuse across the country. For Immediate Release March 30, 2017 Washington, D.C. – A new national poll of pharmacists and law…

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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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Letter to the US Congress regarding drug “importation” proposals

January 5, 2017 Dear Senators and Representatives, In December of 2015 we released the attached letter warning Congress of the dangers to American patients from counterfeit drugs brought into America through “importation” proposals. As you consider the budget this year, we wanted to bring to your attention several recent tragic events that show the negative…

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Over 30 Groups Nationally Oppose Drug Importation

Recently, conversations and debate about drug importation has reached a fever pitch. Partnership For Safe Medicines’ many coalition members want Congress to know about our concerns for the safety of American patients. The secure American drug supply chain protects American consumers from dangerous counterfeit, substandard and unsafe medicines. Any effort designed to bypass FDA controls…

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Latest Prescription Drug Counterfeiting Scheme Illustrates the Dangers of Importation

The Partnership for Safe Medicines released the following statement on the sentencing of Daniel Sanchez for his role in an illegal online counterfeit medicines scheme based in Pittsburgh and Houston: “Drug counterfeiters take advantage of our vulnerable citizens on a daily basis, and have grown globally into a multibillion dollar industry,” said PSM President Marv Shepherd. “This…

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PSM Applauds Ruling Overturning Maine Prescription Drug Importation

Washington, D.C. (February 26, 2015) – Dr. Marv Shepherd, President of the Partnership for Safe Medicines, released the following statement after a federal judge overturned Maine’s dangerous prescription drug importation law: “The easiest way for dangerous and potentially deadly counterfeit medicines to infiltrate our secure supply chain is when they are purchased from illegal and unregulated overseas online…

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World Anti-Counterfeiting Day Marks Successes Against Fake Medicines

Washington, D.C. (June 5, 2014) – Marv Shepherd, President of the Partnership for Safe Medicines (PSM), the leading advocate in the fight against counterfeit prescription drugs, today issued the following statement on the 16th Global Anti-Counterfeiting Day: “On World Anti-Counterfeiting Day, PSM stands united with our global partners in the war against fake medicines. Although…

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Patient Advocates Warn of Dangers of Black Market HIV Medicines

On HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, CANN and PSM Remind Patients to Be Vigilant When Purchasing Their Medication Washington, D.C. (May 21, 2014) – Following HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, two leading advocates are teaming up to better educate patients about the risks of counterfeit or black market HIV/AIDS medicines. Since 2006, 82 individuals have been charged with selling…

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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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