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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.

Proposed Bill Could Fuel the Opioid Epidemic

November 13, 2017

Consumers better think twice before clicking “purchase” on an internet pharmacy’s site.

Best Advice To Save Money Online and In-Person When Buying Pet Medications

November 8, 2017

Pet medications can be expensive. The FDA has given advice on how to safely purchase your pet meds online and NeedyMed’s has shared how you might be able to use their Drug Discount Card to save money by picking up your pet’s medications at your regular pharmacy …

Keeping Counterfeit Pills Out Of U.S. Included In Recommendations From Opioid Commission

November 7, 2017

After seven months of studying the crisis and conducting interviews, the Opioid Commission released their 56 recommendations to help end the opioid crisis. They included targeting drug organizations and individuals who feel no shame dealing death in the form of counterfeit pills made with fentanyl…

Pennsylvania Pharmacist Sentenced for Passing Imported, Misbranded Drugs Off As FDA-Approved

November 2, 2017

Four years after pleading guilty in 2013, a Pennsylvania pharmacist has been sentenced to 6 months of home detention and three years probation after pleading guilty to charges of conspiracy to smuggle foreign drugs in the United States and money laundering.

Professor Awarded MacArthur Genius Grant For Work On Cybercrime Including Pharmaceutical Spam

October 31, 2017

The MacArthur Foundation awarded UC San Diego professor Stefan Savage a MacArthur Genius grant for the holistic approach he has taken to addressing 21st-century technological problems, including spam pharmaceutical advertisements…

DEA Warns that More Types of Counterfeit Prescription Drugs Made with Fentanyl are On the Horizon

October 30, 2017

In their just-released 2017 Drug Threat Assessment, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has sounded the alarm about the role counterfeit prescription pills are playing an increasingly dangerous role in national opioid deaths.

Remembering Tosh Ackerman: One of Counterfeit Medicines’ Countless Victims

October 27, 2017

Two years ago today, Tosh Ackerman of Aptos, CA passed away after taking what he thought was a legitimate prescription pill. Unfortunately, that pill was counterfeit and contained a deadly dose of fentanyl. Tosh is just one of the countless Americans killed by counterfeit medicines. Tosh’s absence is still deeply felt by his family and friends. By taking a moment to remember those we have already lost, the Partnership for Safe Medicines hopes to shine a light on the need to prevent any future deaths from counterfeit medicines. 

Med-Fast Settles Civil Case Over Selling Reused Medications To Nursing Homes

October 26, 2017

Instead of destroying unused medications, Med-Fast Pharmacy in Pennsylvania recycled and resold them to nursing homes. The company recently reached a settlement with the Department of Justice and agreed to a $2.6M fine…

Company and CEO Charged With Illegally Adding Scheduled Drugs To Supplements

October 25, 2017

A recently unsealed indictment brings 18 charges, including introducing misbranded drugs into interstate commerce & manufacturing and distributing controlled substances, against Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals and its CEO Jared Wheat…

2 Chinese Nationals Among 21 People Indicted in International Fentanyl Smuggling Rings

October 24, 2017

In an unprecedented action, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced federal grand jury indictments against two Chinese nationals living and working in China. It is alleged the pair operated separate businesses that manufacture illicit fentanyl and fentanyl analogues and export them to the United States.