June 17, 2024: FL continues to spend money on Canadian drug importation that doesn’t import medicine; GLP-1 phishing scams increase

Major Stories

Florida continues to spend taxpayer money trying to make drug importation work and small dispensers given additional time

Since Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed CS/HB 19 into law on June 11, 2020, the state has paid LifeScience Logistics, the vendor awarded the contract to manage its Canadian drug importation program, over $50 million. To date, the state has not imported a single pill. 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that small pharmacies will have an additional two years to meet the dispenser requirements of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act.

Click here to learn more about the danger posed to patients by Florida's drug importation plan.

Domestic News

Another state moves to ban tianeptine and GLP-1 phishing scams targeting patients increase.

A closeup of brightly colored supplement bottles with "Neptune's Fix" labels

FDA warned that consumers who had used Neptune’s Fix tianeptine products had reported adverse events, including seizures and loss of consciousness leading to hospitalization. (December 2023)

Legislators in North Carolina’s House passed a bill that would ban the sale of tianeptine in the state.

Online phishing attempts for bogus offers of GLP-1 agonists to patients have increased by 183% in the first quarter of 2024 compared to the final quarter of 2023, according to new data.

International News

Warning from Health Canada and fake medicines seized in the Philippines.

Health Canada issued a warning about 37 products for sale at various stores in Ontario that contained undeclared active pharmaceutical ingredients.

Authorities in the Philippines seized counterfeit medicine from a home, including antibiotics and medicine to treat hypertension.

Three individuals and a company were arraigned in Nigeria for manufacturing and distributing counterfeit antibiotics.