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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.

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…

DEA Breaks Up Fentanyl Pill Mill Based Out Of South Jordan, UT: Second Major Utah Ring Dismantled In Just 14 Months

February 5, 2018

DEA raided multiple addresses in Utah and two other states to bring down the second major fentanyl pill mill operation based out of Utah in just 14 months. This group manufactured and sold counterfeit oxycodone and Xanax made with fentanyl…

Fake Pills Popping Up In American Schools, Threatening The Lives Of Students

February 2, 2018

In schools around the country, concerns are growing over the threat that counterfeit pills being sold in their hallways presents to the students…

Officers Risk Fentanyl Exposure to Ensure Public Safety

January 31, 2018

Law enforcement agencies around the country, including the Oregon State Police, are limiting when they will perform roadside drug tests. They feel the potential for officers to be accidentally exposed to fentanyl is too great…

Finland Pulls Suspected Counterfeit Cancer Drug From Hospitals

January 30, 2018

Fimea, Finland’s pharmaceutical watchdog group, ordered hospitals to stop administering a cancer medication over concerns that the medication is counterfeit or diverted…

Doctors Create Board Game To Educate The Public About Fentanyl

January 29, 2018

A group of health professionals in Canada has come up with a unique way to educate the public about the dangers of fentanyl. They created Doctors Against Tragedies, a board game inspired by Cards Against Humanity…

Google Unlicensed Pharmacy Advertising Ban Cut Traffic to Dangerous Fake Pharmacy Website

January 26, 2018

Starting in 2011, Google could only promote sponsored advertisements for NABP-registered pharmacies, but how effective was this change in steering people away from rogue internet pharmacies. A new study looks into how successful they were…

Tramadol: An Illicit Opioid That Funds Terrorism

January 25, 2018

Tramadol is given as a pain medication in India, but it has a high potential for abuse, and in some countries, tramadol deaths outnumber deaths from heroin. It is also completely unregulated in India, and is not on the World Health Organization (WHO) list of scheduled drugs or controlled substance list, which would force countries to regulate it.

Senate Report Highlights Extreme Danger of Illegally Imported Fentanyl from China

January 25, 2018

The Partnership for Safe Medicines today issued the following statement regarding a new Senate report that highlights the direct harm posed by illegally-imported fentanyl from China…

Vero Beach Doctor Indicted For Manufacturing Counterfeit Pills That Killed At Least One

January 24, 2018

U.S. Department of Justice announced an indictment against Dr. Johnny C. Benjamin, Jr. of Vero Beach, Florida. He is alleged to have manufactured and sold counterfeit pills made with fentanyl that he purchased online. Authorities know of at least one death attributed to the pills he made…