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

May 24, 2017

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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Counterfeit Pills Containing Fentanyl Contribute to 130 Deaths in Bay Area Since 2015

May 23, 2017

A San Francisco area news station, NBC Bay Area conducted a survey of Bay Area counties and found at least 130 fentanyl-related deaths since 2015.  NBC Bay Area spoke to John Martin, special agent in charge for the drug agency’s San Francisco division.  Special Agent Martin told them “What we’ve seen here in Northern California…

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Online Pharmacies Actually Fronts for Illegal Call Center in India Busted Selling Counterfeit Medicines into US

May 22, 2017

A review of the client database recovered during a recent raid at a call center in Bengaluru, India has shown that the U.S. is a major market for illegal online prescription drug sales. According to the Times of India, the April 19, 2017 bust produced evidence of the call center selling drugs and prescription pharmaceuticals…

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Comment: Importing Canadian drugs could harm HIV patients

May 12, 2017

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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Former police chief: Why Bernie Sanders’ drug-importation bill keeps me awake at night

May 12, 2017

This editorial by Derek Arnson appeared in the Washington Examiner on May 8, 2017. Mr. Arnson is the former Chief of Police in Nogales, Arizona. A 24-year-old woman recently crossed the Mexican border in Nogales, Ariz., on foot, pushing an inconspicuous stroller. In addition to her two young children, it carried five pounds of fentanyl,…

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Economist: Drug Importation Will Not Improve Health Care Affordability

May 12, 2017

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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Editorial by Former Canadian Health Minister: “Dear Bernie Sanders: Canada is not the United States’ drugstore”

May 12, 2017

This editorial by Leona Aglukkaq appeared in the Washington Post May 12, 2017. Leona Aglukkaq was a member of Canadian House of Commons representing the riding of Nunavut until 2015. She previously served as Canada’s minister of health from 2008-2013. Canada has long been a stalwart friend and neighbor to the United States. But there’s…

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

May 12, 2017

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

May 10, 2017

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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Former Head of FBI Warns Law Enforcement Will be Unfairly Burdened by Foreign Drug Importation Proposals

May 10, 2017

In an editorial published in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Louis J. Freeh, former director of the FBI and former federal judge, warns that allowing American citizens to purchase medicine from foreign countries puts them at risk from counterfeit drugs, would incentive criminal organizations to make counterfeit drugs, and places more stress on law enforcement efforts to…

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