ASOP Global and LegitScript released a report analyzing the prevalence of illicit online sales of prescription drugs in China, a country where such sales are prohibited. Their analysis showed that about half of all Chinese online pharmaceuticals sellers are illicit, potentially exposing patients to counterfeit medicines, substandard medicines, financial fraud, and identity theft…

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The U.S. Department of Justice announced a guilty plea from a Rochester, New York man who purchased thousands of counterfeit pills from China and had them shipped to his home. U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized one package on its way to Samuel McFarland in April 2017 that contained over 3,000 pills. In January 2018, a second package contained almost as many pills was found to be headed to his home…

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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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The introduction of fentanyl and the ever-growing list of its analogues has devastated communities across America, but also created a new sort of drug kingpin. This kingpin uses their knowledge of chemistry to make minor changes to the chemical structure of the drugs that they sell in an attempt to stay one step ahead of the law…

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