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.

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).

Parents of Woman Who Died After Cosmetic Enhancement Want Murder Charges

August 30, 2017

A young New York mother is dead and her family is demanding answers after she received injections to enhance her buttocks, CBS News reports. Latesha Bynum, 32, went to a “doctor” practicing out of an apartment in the Gramercy Park neighborhood in New York. Within hours of having the procedure, Ms. Bynum had to be…

Update On Fentanyl in Georgia

August 21, 2017

The August newsletter from the National Drug Early Warning System (NDEWS) News describes how the Georgia Poison Center (GPC) played a crucial role in the early detection of deadly, fentanyl-laced fake Percocet in Georgia. NDEWS describes how a call from an emergency-room doctor triggered the process of identifying the cause of the poisonings and cases:…

Oncologist Who Bought Cancer Drugs from Fake Drug Sellers Sentenced to Six Years in Prison

August 14, 2017

Dr. Diana Anda Norbergs, a Florida oncologist convicted in November 2016 of importing misbranded, non-FDA approved cancer drugs from unlicensed suppliers, has been sentenced to almost six years in federal prison, according to a report in the Tampa Bay Times. The Department of Justice (DOJ) indictment alleged that Norbergs purchased prescription cancer treatments from unlicensed foreign…

Source: Georgia Bureau of Investigations

DEA Suspects Deadly Fake Percocet in Georgia Coming from Mexican Cartels

August 3, 2017

DEA agents suspect Mexican drug cartels are behind the wave over overdoses and deaths caused by fake Percocet pills made with fentanyl analogues. The DEA is exploring possible ties between the national wave of fake pain pills laced with fentanyl and Mexican crime organizations, reports Georgia news station Alive11. DEA Special Agent Dan Salter told…

Counterfeit Cosmetic Treatments are Injuring and Killing U.S. Women

July 10, 2017

A series of recent cases across the country illustrate how dangerous unlicensed and counterfeit cosmetic treatments can be. Having filler injected should be considered a medical procedure, not a cosmetic treatment. The FDA has NOT approved liquid silicone or silicone gel for injection to fill wrinkles or augment tissues anywhere in the body.

In the last two months, three cases illustrated just how dangerous it is to seek beauty treatment injections from anyone other than a licensed medical professional . . .