Archive for August 2018

Grand Junction Man Arrested For Manufacturing Fake Xanax Pills In His Apartment

Richard Henry of Grand Junction, Colorado was arrested after law enforcement officers from multiple agencies found a pill press, hundreds each of fake Xanax and “small blue pills” made with fentanyl, and assortment of other powders in the closet of his apartment. This story is one of many recently in the news pointing to the fact that counterfeit fentanyl pills are a growing problem in western Colorado…

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Arizona Pair Arrested with 8,000 Fentanyl Pills Indicted by Grand Jury

An Arizona grand jury has handed down indictments for the two men arrested in May. Prosecutors allege that Octavio Gutierrez-Hernandez and Jorge Bazan were trafficking more than 2,000 fentanyl pills pressed with an “M30” imprint, which is what is typically stamped on oxycodone pills.

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Fake Cancer Drugs Were Just Some Of The Fake Pills Drug Organization Said They Could Make

The U.S. Department of Justice unsealed a 43-count indictment against Fujing Zheng and Guanghua Zheng of Shanghai, China for operating a company that illegally imported drugs – including fentanyl – into the U.S. When asked by undercover law enforcement if the Zhengs could manufacture counterfeit pills, including oxycodone, Adderall, and two cancer medicines – Tarceva and Afinitor – each time the Zhengs said they could…

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More Warning Letters Sent By FDA to Websites Selling Illicit Opioids Online

For the second time since May, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced issuing warning letters to online network operations that were marketing illicit opioids to American citizens. In this most recent group, four companies operating a total of 21 websites were told they needed stop selling those pills. The number of websites to receive warnings this summer is over 70…

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Four Men Arrested In Georgia While Attempting To Move Counterfeit Pill Operation

Deputies from the Walton County Georgia Sheriff’s Office disrupted four men attempting to move their counterfeit pill operation into their county. Austin Marshall, Jakob Sullins, Nicholas Felker, and Timothy Ballard were arrested before they even had the chance to unload their pill press that was capable of making 16,000 pills in one hour…

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MedicineSafe.org Educates Consumers On Prescription Drug Safety

MedicineSafe.org, a website launched by the Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies (CSIP) and the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, is a new resource that Americans can use to educate themselves on prescription drug safety and the opioid crisis. On the website, you will find the Verify Before You Buy tool and learn how to safely store and dispose medicines along with many other important topics…

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Drug Importation is Fraught with Peril

As a licensed pharmacist, I’m all too familiar with patients’ difficulties getting medications they need and their physician has prescribed. As baby boomers age, pharmacists see more patients at our counters unable to obtain needed treatments for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses. This issue is now being acknowledged and a healthy debate has begun over possible solutions. But one idea policymakers shouldn’t pursue is opening up our country’s secure drug supply to medicines coming from outside our borders.

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