Archive for November 2011

Where to Buy Smoking Cessation Medications Safely Online For the Great American Smokeout

November 17 is the 36th Great American Smokeout encouraging smokers to use the date to quit smoking, sponsored by the American Cancer Society. It’s a great time to quit smoking, but consumers need to avoid buying counterfeit smoking cessation medication from fake online pharmacies.

Not all online sources for smoking cessation aids are legitimate sources. Learn more about where to buy and where not to buy here.


Liang BA*, Mackey TK. Vaccine shortages and suspect online pharmacy sellers. Vaccine (2011), doi:10.1016/j.vaccine.2011.11.016

Abstract Vaccines represent half the products on the FDA Biologics Product Shortages list. As a result, providers and patients may purchase them online, a process rife with patient safety risks. We examined vaccine online availability by assessing up to 5 identified online sellers. We determined if sites were accredited by the National Association of Boards…


Medicine Counterfeiters Faking Drugs With Chemical Pigments and Animal Feed

In an update to November 8, 2011 news that Chinese authorities capture 65 million fake pills in a crackdown on Chinese counterfeiters, new sources now say that along with the fake medications, questionable and dangerous ingredients were found on sites. Animal feed and chemical pignments were found, as well as corn starch, reported The Associated…


European States Sign International Counterfeit Medicine Treaty

Russia, France, Germany and other European countries signed the first ever international treaty to combat the counterfeit medicine industry . Developed in 2010, the Council of Europe created a binding international instrument based upon the Right to Life provision in the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. Signatories of the treaty agree to…


FDA Alert: Unapproved Drug Found in Dietary Supplement

This is a reprint of the FDA Alert. Keime Inc dba Barry's Vitamins Conducts a Nationwide Voluntary Recallof Virility Max Dietary Supplement: Lot Number 10090571 November 10, 2011 – Keime Incorporated announced today that it is conducting a voluntary recall of one lot of the companies dietary supplement product sold under the following name:  Virility…


USP to Help Russians Fight Counterfeit Medicine

The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) has released an updated Russian translation of its National Formulary at the Russian Pharmmedobraschenie Conference in Moscow on October 26, 2011. USP is a nonprofit, scientific organization that develops quality standards for medicines.  Its National Formulary publishes standards to support the testing of medicinal products and ingredients.  In the US, USP’s…