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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.

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…

INTERDICT Act Gives CBP $9 Million To Spend On Technology To Detect Fentanyl

January 19, 2018

The INTERDICT Act was recently signed into law, giving the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol $9 million to use for investing in chemical screening technology and additional personnel in their fight to keep fentanyl and illicit opioids out of the country…

Award Given To Police Captain Who Stopped A Drug Counterfeiter In North Carolina

January 18, 2018

Captain Henry King of the Rocky Mount Police Police Department in North Carolina received a Certificate of Exemplary Service for his work to bring down a drug counterfeiter…

Member Of Fentanyl Pill Ring That Operated in ND and MN Sentenced To 65 Months In Jail

January 17, 2018

Tucker Collins of Grand Forks, ND received a sentence of 65 months in jail for his role in a fentanyl pill distribution ring that sold counterfeit pills in North Dakota and parts of Minnesota. Police know of at least one overdose caused by the pills this group sold…

Counterfeit Pills Made with Fentanyl Wreck Lives in Minnesota, Tennessee, Arizona and Connecticut – Ohio Senator Responds with Tougher Legislation

January 16, 2018

The opioid and fentanyl crisis shows no signs of slowing down. With stories coming in from all over the U.S., here is a summary of five stories – including arrests, a plea deal, and proposed legislation – that PSM wants to make sure you know about…

Florida Woman Injected Clients With Counterfeit Botox At Illegal Med Spa

January 12, 2018

After receiving a tip in November 2017, police search the home that Diane D’Anca was operating an illegal med spa out of. Inside, police found a “large amount” of medical supplies and records for 100 clients. In a refrigerator in the garage, they found several vials of Botox she injected into clients that turned out to be counterfeit…

Pair of California men Accused of Running a Huge Fentanyl Pill Ring

January 11, 2018

Andrew Tablack and Stephan Durham were running a “pill production facility” in California that could produce thousands of counterfeit pills. A break in the case came when New Jersey authorities seized a massive 44 pound shipment of pills in Monmouth County.

Foreign Online Pharmacies Sell Counterfeit Drugs To American Citizens

January 11, 2018

If you are looking to lower your prescription drug costs, know that you have safer options than giving your money, and maybe your health, to a shady online website that claims it is a pharmacy or some random person on the street…