How the Partnership for Safe Medicines supports pharmacy associations

PSM is highly focused on the needs of pharmacists and their role in the secure supply chain. We support state pharmacy associations by providing them resources, educational materials, free CE speakers, articles, and other tools to help educate their community.

We approach pharmacist education with a "true crime" angle. PSM staff document counterfeit incidents by studying court transcripts, monitoring news coverage, and interviewing victims and pharmacists. We then explain to pharmacists how the criminals pulled off the supply chain break and how they can prevent it and protect their patients.

Below are some of the ways PSM has partnered with state pharmacy associations:

  • Provide free advertising creative and social media content that associations can put in their email newsletters and social media channels to raise awareness of counterfeit medicines and how to spot them.
  • Provide continuing education speakers over zoom or at live conferences to teach pharmacists and techs about previous counterfeits found in the U.S. drug supply chain, how the criminals got them there, and how pharmacists responded.
  • Provide alerts when new counterfeit products are discovered by the FDA.
  • Provide handouts for patients that explain the dangers of using unlicensed pharmacies and ways to save money safely using patient assistance programs and discount cards. We provide these in both electronic and printed form.

We also provide targeted grants to help pharmacy associations raise awareness about counterfeits.

PSM is a 501c6 nonprofit coalition made up of dues-paying members in the pharmaceutical supply chain. We only accept nonprofit members and donations. We do not accept funds from for profit organizations. Our membership includes wholesalers, manufacturers, dispensers, and patient advocates. We do not have either health insurance companies or PBM’s in our membership.

For more information, contact PSM Executive Director Shabbir Imber Safdar at

Recent talks on counterfeits and the Drug Supply Chain Security Act given by PSM staff and educators

April 16, 2023: WV Pharmacists Association Online CE (zoom), CE accredited

February 7, 2023: MA Health Council Annual Pharmacy Public Health Policy Symposium (zoom), CE accredited

November 17, 2022: MD Pharmacists Association Board of Trustees (zoom)

November 10, 2022: CA Pharmacists Association Corporate Advisory Council (zoom)

October 25, 2022: ME Pharmacists Association (zoom), CE accredited

October 13, 2022: National Association of State Controlled Substance Authorities (zoom)

September 21, 2022: NE Pharmacists Conference break presentation (pre-recorded)

August 10, 2022: HI Pharmacists Association Board meeting (zoom)

August, 2022: OH Pharmacists Association Quarterly newsletter (Written article CE, mail-in quiz): CE accredited

May 19, 2022: MD Pharmacists Association Board meeting (zoom)

April 2, 2022: OH Pharmacists Association Annual convention (Live in Columbus, OH): CE accredited

March 31, 2022: KY Pharmacists Association board meeting (zoom)

February 10, 2022: MS Pharmacists Association District meetings (Live in 16 districts around the state)

February 9, 2022: OH Pharmacists Association board meeting, recent trends in counterfeiting (zoom)

December 5, 2021: MS Pharmacists Association Online Education (zoom), CE accredited

November 30, 2021: CO Pharmacists Quarterly CE presentation (zoom), CE accredited

October 29, 2021: OH Pharmacists Association Board of Trustees (zoom)

October 25, 2021: ME Pharmacists Association Conference (live), CE accredited

October 22, 2021: NE Pharmacists  Association Break Presentation (pre-recorded)

July 23, 2021: Johnson and Johnson Pharmacy Staff (zoom)

June 27, 2021: NM Pharmacists Association Conference (zoom), CE accredited

June 10, 2021: Northwest Pharmacy Convention (zoom), CE accredited

June 4, 2021: CO Pharmacists conference break presentation (zoom)

May 14, 2021: CA Pharmacists Association Corporate Advisory Board (zoom)

May 4, 2021: MI Pharmacists Association presentation (zoom)

April 28, 2021: MI Pharmacists Association Law and Policy Conference (zoom), CE accredited

April 28, 2021: Association of Pharmacy Law Roundtable discussion