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Since 2002, the Partnership for Safe Medicines has been publishing information about the counterfeit drug problem around the world. With experts leading the organization and a committed and passionate set of writers and editors, our content is more in-depth than many other sources, which simply copy links to the news from other websites.

Illinois Resident Imported Foreign API and Pressed 80,000 Pills in Home for Sale Online

December 14, 2017

IL resident Skyler Dean Prahl pleaded guilty to introducing a misbranded drug into commerce. Prahl used a pharmaceutical powdered purchased from overseas to make Tramadol pills, which he sold online to customers around the U.S…

Couple Sentenced For Smuggling And Injecting Clients With Fake Botox

December 13, 2017

Couple with no medical training, who repeatedly smuggled counterfeit cosmetic injectables into the U.S. and used them on their clients, received sentences for their crimes. Unfortunately, two of their clients have been left with permanent nerve damage…

Pair From India Sentenced For Selling Fake Prescription Drugs to Americans

December 12, 2017

Trial initiated by an FDA-OCI investigation into a call center in India selling counterfeit and misbranded drugs to Americans ends with sentencing for the two defendants…

Known Counterfeit Cancer Drug Foreign Distributor Implicated in New Case

December 11, 2017

U.S. DOJ received guilty pleas from oncologist and wife who ordered misbranded cancer drugs from QSP, a CanadaDrugs.com wholesaler, 65 times over the course of 21 months while never informing their patients…

Tip for the Most Affordable Generic Zocor Prescription: Buy it in the U.S.

December 8, 2017

People think all prescription drugs cost less in Canada, but is that true? We did a price comparison for simvastatin, generic Zocor, the seventh most frequently prescribed prescription drug in the U.S. during the first quarter of 2016. When we called a brick-and-mortar pharmacy in Canada, we were quoted the price of $12.14 for a 30-day supply, but we found those same pills at pharmacies in the U.S. for only $4.54…

From Street Markets to Websites: Counterfeit Drugs Infect The Whole World

December 7, 2017

Created in 2013 by WHO, the Global Surveillance and Monitoring System tracks all reports of substandard or counterfeit medicines around the world. To date, 1,500 reports have been filed and a recent analysis showed that over 10% of medicines in low- to middle-income countries are substandard or fake…

CDC Report Links 56% of Overdoses in Ten States to Fentanyl

December 5, 2017

The CDC released a report analyzing 5,152 overdose deaths in ten states over a six month period and found fentanyl was involved in 56% of the time…

Florida Storefronts Acting as Agents for Fake Canadian Online Pharmacies Raided

December 4, 2017

After years of looking the other way, FDA-OCI conducted raids on several Florida storefronts that facilitate individuals purchasing prescription drugs from online pharmacies, reminding the owners that they could face a fine or jail time for doing so…

Three FL Residents Pleaded Guilty to Importing, Making and Selling Counterfeit Medicines Online

December 1, 2017

The U.S. Department of Justice received guilty pleas from three individuals charged with being part of a conspiracy to import, manufacture, and sell counterfeit medicines online to customers around the U.S…

Guest View: Drugs from foreign supply chains threaten Illinois patients’ safety

November 29, 2017

John Redmond is a former FDA official. He has more than 28 years of federal law enforcement experience, ending his law enforcement career as the Special Agent in Charge of FDA’s Chicago Field Office. In this op-ed in The State Journal-Register, he warns that drug importation will expose Americans to dangerous counterfeit medicines and illegal drugs…