The Partnership for Safe Medicines Congressional Briefing, April 10, 2018

On Tuesday, April 10th, members of Congress, former DEA agents, and leading experts in the fight against counterfeit medicines met for a discussion on the challenges we face in tackling the illicit fentanyl trade and the widespread impact it is having on communities across the United States. PSM released 43 States And Counting, a new analysis on the extent and reach of the fentanyl threat, which confirms reports of counterfeit medicines made with fentanyl in 43 states, with fentanyl-related deaths confirmed in 22 states.

Click on the image to the left to download the report. Watch the briefing at the link at the bottom.


  • PSM Board Member Dr. Marv Shepherd, introduced our updated report about the prevalence and impact of counterfeit pills containing fentanyl in the U.S.
  • House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Representative Greg Walden, spoke about Congress's efforts to combat the opioid crisis.
  • Javier Peña and Steve Murphy, who were the basis for the Netflix TV Show NARCOS, and Aaron Graham, Executive Director, Brand Safety & Security, Boehringer-Ingelheim, participated in a moderated discussion.
  • Marty Allain, Senior Program Manager, Pharmacy Verified Websites Program, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, discussed the results of NABP's ongoing assessment of "Canadian" web pharmacies.


You can watch a recording of the event in the embed below, or watch on C-SPAN.