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Pharmacists Association Director Warns That Prescription Importation Undermines the Fight Against Opioids

October 23, 2017

Oklahoma Pharmacists Association Director Debra Billingsley published an editorial on October 21, 2017 opposing drug importation proposals:

Now is not the time to allow foreign unlicensed pharmacies to start dispensing drugs into Oklahoma. It would just make it easier for drug traffickers or crooked providers to hurt our citizens.

Senate HELP Asks Do We Want to Bypass the FDA Gold-Standard of Drug Approvals with Importation?

October 20, 2017

Every panelist unequivocally stated their opposition to drug importation proposals, citing the danger to patients an unregulated drug supply chain would expose them to. Three, in particular, made cogent arguments on behalf of patient safety and drug accessibility.

Hazmat Cleaning Company Describes Conditions Inside A House Used As A Fentanyl Pill Mill

October 19, 2017

An Edmonton home that was used as a pill mill for the largest fake fentanyl pill seizure in Canadian history was deemed uninhabitable until after a hazardous remediation company came in to clean the place up. This is what it was like inside…

Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies Names the Winners of the 2017 Global Patient Safety Champions Award

October 18, 2017

This year Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP) has inaugurated a Global Patient Safety Champion award to recognize individuals and organizations that are working to protect patient safety and preserve the gold standard of FDA approval for all American patients.

Royal Mounted Police Announce Seizure of 40,000 Fake Fentanyl Pills

October 18, 2017

Authorities in British Columbia announced drug charges against two Vancouver-area residents in a case involving 40,000 fake fentanyl pills. RCMP believes countless lives were saved by keeping these counterfeit pills off the streets…

Health Officials In Seattle Warn of Counterfeit “Kill Pills” Made With Fentanyl

October 17, 2017

Public health officials in Seattle announced that a batch of pills found on a body tested positive for fentanyl. They urged the public to be careful, reminding them that fentanyl has no smell or taste and a simple visual inspection cannot say whether a pill is real or a counterfeit…

NADDI Director Warns About the Fentanyl Threat

October 16, 2017

In this editorial, which was published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on October 16th, Charlie Cichon, the executive director of the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators, warns Pennsylvanians about the dangers of fentanyl and discusses legislators’ efforts to protect them from the deadly imported drug.

Safe Savings Tip: Generic Norvasc Is Over 75% Cheaper In The U.S. Than In Canada

October 16, 2017

People think all prescription drugs cost less in Canada, but is that true? We did a price comparison for amlodipine, generic Norvasc, the sixth 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 $24.62 for a 30-day supply, but we found those same pills at pharmacies in the U.S. for only $5.50…

AmerisourceBergen Specialty Group Admits To Distributing Millions of Misbranded Oncology Drug Products

October 13, 2017

AmerisourceBergen Speciality Group is part of one of the largest wholesale drug companies in the U.S. and recently admitted in federal court to having distributed millions of misbranded oncology drug products throughout the U.S. over the course of 13 years…

United Kingdom Is A Target And A Hub For Counterfeit Medicines From India

October 12, 2017

The United Kingdom is fighting a battle against counterfeit medicines on two front. The first fight is to keep them out of the hands of her citizens. The second fight is to not let the fake Indian pharmaceutical companies use their country as a postal hub…