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.

Tom Petty Overdosed on Illicit Fentanyl Analogues and Antianxiety Medications

February 22, 2018

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.

Canadian Pharmacy Sells Counterfeit Cancer Drugs to Americans, Continues Business Despite U.S. Prosecution

February 21, 2018

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 of Calgary, Canada Does not Want You to Lose Your Child to Fentanyl as She Did

February 21, 2018

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.

Mother Warns Others After Loss Of Son Because Of A Counterfeit Xanax

February 6, 2018

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…

Counterfeit Pill Made With Fentanyl Killed Young Father-To-Be

December 4, 2017

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 CanadaDrugs.com Defendants Have Extradition Hearing Dates Set for May 2018

October 6, 2017

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…

Young Californian Dies After Accidentally Taking Counterfeit Xanax Made with Fentanyl

September 27, 2017

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.

Report: Counterfeit Medications Containing Deadly Fentanyl Have Been Found in 40 States

September 25, 2017

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.

Source: Georgia Bureau of Investigations

Betty Jean Collins: An Unwitting Victim of Fentanyl-Laced Counterfeit Pain Pills

September 13, 2017

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.

Fake Online Pharmacy Operators Arrested After Man Dies From Taking Drugs They Sold

September 1, 2017

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).