Fake Drugs Have Real Consequences for Patients
Black market medicine is terrible for patients all over the world, including Americans. At best, counterfeit and substandard medicine may not adequately treat a patient's illness. At worst, counterfeit medicines may cause poisoning or death.
Each of the following stories names people who have been sickened or died after being treated with fake medicine. Every day, American patients are harmed when they break the closed U.S. drug supply.
Petty is the third musician and entertainer in the last 2 years that has died as a result of counterfeit drugs containing fentanyl. Pop star Prince, and young rapper Lil Peep both had illicit fentanyl found in their systems when they died.
Years after the appearance of counterfeit Avastin and other drugs in over 500 medical practices in 49 states kicked off an investigation, pending guilty pleas from CanadaDrugs.com, the CEO and two subsidiaries may bring some closure to all the victims and their families who were treated with the fake drugs…
Yvonne Clark lost her 21-year-old son to fentanyl poisoning, and now she is trying to help other parents by educating about what an incredible danger fentanyl can be to their children.
Rachel Blado of TN tragically lost her son Josh after he purchased what he thought was Xanax online. It turned out to be counterfeit and contained fentanyl. One pill took him from her forever and now she wants to warn everyone of the dangers of counterfeit medicines…
23-year-old Joe Patterson was a hard worker and a student, an expectant father and a beloved son. On February 16, 2015, he died after taking a painkiller he didn’t know was a counterfeit made with fentanyl.
Five of the six men who stand accused for their roles in the $78M CanadaDrugs.com counterfeit Avastin case, which saw fake cancer drugs turn up in 28 states, finally received their extradition hearing date…
The evening of October 26, 2015, twenty-nine-year-old Aptos, California resident Tosh Ackerman took a benedryl and part of a Xanax pill to help him sleep. He never woke up, and his girlfriend found him dead the next day. Ackerman died because the Xanax he took was counterfeit. It contained a fatal dose of a powerful synthetic opioid called fentanyl.
A newly-released report on counterfeit medicines is placing the spotlight on a problem that may be far worse than is commonly believed. According to the review conducted by The Partnership for Safe Medicines, counterfeit prescription drugs containing the deadly ingredient fentanyl, most often illegally imported, have been found in as many as 40 states and are tied to deaths in more than a dozen states.
Georgia resident Betty Jean Collins became an unwitting victim of the state’s June counterfeit Percocet incident when she borrowed one of her husband’s pain pills and ended up in the hospital with a fentanyl overdose.
On May 22, 2016, law enforcement officers were dispatched to a residence in Madison, Wisconsin, in response to a report of a 37-year-old man who had stopped breathing. The victim was dead by the time officers arrived at his residence. An autopsy later confirmed that the victim’s death was caused by acute intoxication due to the combined effects of a substance called U-47700 and Benzodiazepine Analogue (Etizolam).