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266 Online Pharmacies Are Legal

  266. The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) surveys the online pharmacy market quarterly. Their last survey released in January 2012 found that only 266 appear to be potentially legitimate, and only 67 actually have been accredited through the NABP’s Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites program. Correspondingly, there are 7,230 sites that do not…


Are Canadian Online Pharmacies Really In Canada

  No.  Anyone can call themselves a “Canadian” online pharmacy. In fact, a recent survey by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy found that 34% of all online pharmacies are obscuring their actual location. And even when they are actually completing your sale in Canada, your medication is shipped from a location somewhere else in…


Are Canadian Online Pharmacies in Canada

  No.  Anyone can call themselves a “Canadian” pharmacy. In fact, a recent survey by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, found that 34% of all online pharmacies are obscuring their actual location. And even when they are actually completing your sale in Canada, your medication is shipped from a location somewhere else in the…


Does the FDA Regulate Canadian Online Pharmacies?

  No.  And since many of them don’t hold pharmacy licenses in Canada, they aren’t regulated by the Canadian health authorities either. These so-called “Canadian” online pharmacies avoid scrutiny by the Canadian authorities by never selling to Canadian citizens. This way they can’t be considered a pharmacy in Canada, and the Canadian pharmacy regulators ignore…


2 Sentenced for Smuggling Counterfeit Medicines Into US Via Internet

Two Israeli citizens pleaded guilty to smuggling counterfeit and misbranded drugs in the US, announced FDA-OCI. Said OCI, “Both men operated an Internet business in Israel that used multiple websites… to illegally sell large amounts of prescription drugs to U.S. purchasers…generating approximately $1,475,363 in gross proceeds.”


Medicine Theft Ring Arrested for $70 Million Warehouse Pilfering

Two Cuban brothers were indicted by federal authorities for the theft of more than $70 million in prescription drugs from an Eli Lilly & Co. warehouse the night of March 13, 2010. The Connecticut warehouse break-in required the criminals to slide through a whole cut in the warehouse roof, down a rope, in order to…


Top 9 Health Risks Women Face from Counterfeit Medication

It’s Women’s Health Week. Do you know what risks women face from counterfeit medications?

How can disfiguration, uterine infection, diabetic shock, and post-partum hemorrhage be the results of purchasing medications outside the secure U.S. drug supply from fake online pharmacies?
Learn about how these conditions can be the result of purchasing fake medications and about what other illnesses, and even death, can be caused by counterfeit medications.

Read more about the TOP 9 HEALTH RISKS women face from counterfeit medication.


HIV/AIDS Black Market Sells Fraudulent Drugs to Unwitting Victims

Pharmacists in Brooklyn and Suffolk County have been charged with allegedly re-selling HIV and AIDS medications to patients that had been illegally obtained on the black market.  The medications were mislabelled and potentially mishandled and expired. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said, "The ringleaders of this complex scheme not only cheated the Medicaid program out of…


Learn More About FDA Warnings to Doctors About Fake Cancer Drugs

The Food and Drug Administration has sent warning letters to more than 50 U.S. doctors and medical clinics that may have purchased counterfeit cancer injectable medication. Originally the FDA sent 19 medical practices warnings in March. The FDA warns the physicians that purchasing from foreign or unlicensed medicine suppliers puts patients at risk of exposure to potentially fake, contaminated, ineffective and dangerous medication.

FDA official Dr. S. Leigh Verbois, Acting Deputy Director of the Division of Supply Chain Integrity asked physicians in 15 states to avoid using the fake medications in letters dated April 5, 2012.   

The doctors who received these letters reside in Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and WashingtonSee map to find doctors warned in your state here.

“…your medical practice purchased multiple medications from a foreign distributor named Richards Pharma, also known as Richards Services, Warwick Healthcare Solutions, or Ban Dune Marketing Inc. (BDMI). Many of the products sold and distributed by this distributor have not been approved by the FDA,” said Dr. Verbois’ letters.   

“The Agency has learned that one of the products distributed by Richards Pharma is a counterfeit version of Roche’s Altuzan 400mg/16ml. Even if the version had not been counterfeit, Altuzan itself is not approved by FDA,” the letters continue.  

“Other drug products obtained from Richards Pharma, Richards Services, Warwick Healthcare Solutions, BDMI, or other foreign or unlicensed suppliers may be from unknown sources, may have unknown ingredients, may be counterfeit, or may not have been manufactured, transported or stored under proper conditions as required by U.S. law, regulations, and standards.  

“Purchasing prescription drug products, such as injectable cancer medications, from foreign or unlicensed suppliers puts patients at risk of exposure to drugs that may be fake, contaminated, improperly stored and transported, ineffective, and dangerous. In virtually all cases, purchasing unapproved prescription drugs from foreign sources violates the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and is illegal.”



The FDA letter goes on to point out that the medication counterfeited is not in short supply, and points back to an FDA Drug Integrity and Supply Chain Security memo released to physicians in January 2012.  The letter states that the FDA knows that some physicians are purchasing unapproved injectable cancer medications, and reminds them that importing medications from foreign sources is in violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA).  

Dr. Margaret Hamburg, Commissioner of the FDA, wrote in the FDA’s blog, “For patients with cancer, combating the disease is difficult enough. But to learn that the cancer drug you were taking to save or prolong your life might be nothing but a counterfeit is unthinkable.”


Buying Asthma Medication Online Can be Safe and Affordable

Asthmatics Can Save Money Safely by Buying from VIPPS Certified Online Pharmacies

Washington, D.C. (May 2, 2012) – Asthmatics suffer from both chronic shortness of breath that if treated inconsistently can lead to serious illness and the burden of daily medication which requires conscientious treatment as well as expense.

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