First Three Members Of Elmira, New York Counterfeit Fentanyl Pill Ring Sentenced

The U.S. Department of Justice announced prison sentences for three members of a large-scale counterfeit fentanyl pill manufacturing and distribution ring based in Elmira, New York. The ringleader, Robert Ian Thatcher, received a 23-year prison sentence. Edward Barrett and Dusty Pemberton, both street level dealers, will spend seven and one-half and five and one-half years in prison respectively…


Four Counterfeit Drug Incidents in Arizona Highlight Risks of Fake Pills

2019 has already been a busy year for fentanyl cases in Arizona. Thousands of counterfeit fentanyl pills have been seized, a woman selling pills out of a convenience store has been charged, a 15-year-old suffered a non-fatal overdose at school from what is thought to have been a counterfeit pill, and Customs and Border Protection seized 254 founds of fentanyl hidden in a shipment of cucumbers at the port of entry at Nogales…


PSM Went to Congress to Share Our Concerns About The Threat of Counterfeit Medicine

On Thursday, January 31, 2018, the Partnership for Safe Medicines held two briefings in Washington, D.C. to inform members of Congress and their staff about the dangers posed to Americans by counterfeit medicines. The events each had three panels and looked at how fake medicines have affected individuals and law enforcement, and also at the roles played by international bad actors and drug cartels…


Partnership For Safe Medicines 2019 Congressional Briefings

On Thursday, January 31, 2019, victims of counterfeit medicines and their families, local law enforcement, former DEA agents, and other experts in the fight against counterfeit medicines met for a discussion about the widespread impact fake drugs are having on communities and on the enormous burden the problem places on regulators who are responsible for our drug safety.

Learn more and watch the briefing here.


Woman Arrested By Police In Grand Junction, Colorado Was In Possession Of Fake Pills Made of Fentanyl

While arresting a Grand Junction, Colorado woman on an outstanding warrant, a police K-9 indicated the presence of narcotics in her vehicle. Inside Marie Matos’s car, police discovered two bags filled with hundreds of pills whose markings indicate that they should be oxycodone. However, “based on training, experience and knowledge of this case these are fentanyl pills”…