PSM's Briefing for the 118th Congress

Washington D.C., February 28, 2023

Photos by Sora DeVore

On Tuesday, February 28, 2023, the Partnership for Safe Medicines hosted a breakfast briefing in Washington, D.C., inviting pharmacists, law enforcement, policy experts and family advocates to educate legislators about key issues in the fight against counterfeit medicines.


Watch highlights from the briefing above, and see the entire event below or on our YouTube playlist.

Then, learn more on our 118th Congress virtual briefing page.

Watch the Briefing


In his keynote, Senator Rick Scott expressed support for the families of counterfeit pill victims and highlighted legislation to help stop the flow of fentanyl into American communities. (12 minutes)

The DSCSA: Improving the Safety of Our Drug Supply Chain, PSM Executive Director Shabbir Safdar's review of recent counterfeit drug outbreaks and explanation of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act. (10 minutes)

Panel 1: "Foreign Drug Importation: What are the Impediments?" (23 minutes)

A discussion about the significant practical challenges to implementing state drug importation programs.


  • Oksana Pyzik, Pharmacist, Global Health Advisor at the University College London School of Pharmacy and Academic Chair of the Fight The Fakes Alliance
  • Joelle Walker, Public Affairs VP for the Canadian Pharmacists Association
  • Shabbir Safdar, Moderator

Panel 2: "The Fentanyl Pill Epidemic" (42 minutes)

A panel about the terrible impact of fentanyl pills, how social media adds to the problem, and the Cooper Davis Act, which aims to address it.


  • Natasha Butler-Williams, family advocate and mother of Jerome Butler
  • Kieran Donahue, Canyon County, Idaho Sheriff and Vice President of the National Sheriff’s Association
  • Amy Neville, family advocate and founder of the Alexander Neville Foundation
  • Charlotte Pineda, Health Policy Director for Senator Roger Marshall, M.D.
  • Shabbir Safdar, Moderator