Fake Drugs Have Real Consequences for Patients

Black market medicine is terrible for patients all over the world, including Americans. At best, counterfeit and substandard medicine may not adequately treat a patient's illness. At worst, counterfeit medicines may cause poisoning or death.

Each of the following stories mentions people who have been sickened or died after being treated with fake medicine. Every day, American patients are harmed when they break the closed U.S. drug supply.

Fake Doctor Sold Fake Drugs in San Diego

December 14, 2010

Concluding an investigation begun in 2009, a Bonita man plead guilty today of 13 felony charges including unlawfully practicing medicine without a license and unlawfully selling or delivering misbranded drugs with intent to defraud or mislead.

Nigerian Children Killed by Contaminated Teething Medicine

February 23, 2009

Nigerian Children Killed by Contaminated Teething Medicine View larger map What: A toxic chemical mixed into a teething medicine for babies has killed at least 84 children in Nigeria as of February 16, 2009. The children died after taking My Pikin Baby Teething Mixture, a syrup for teething pain, according to Nigeria’s Health Ministry. Health…

84 Children Are Killed by Medicine in Nigeria

February 6, 2009

A toxic chemical mixed into a teething medicine for babies has killed at least 84 children in Nigeria, health officials there said Friday, more than tripling the toll in a wave of infant deaths that began in late November. The children died after taking a medicine called My Pikin Baby Teething Mixture, a syrup for…

Woman dies after buying banned slimming pills on the internet

June 27, 2008

A young woman desperate to lose weight died in agony a day after taking a lethal dose of a banned fat-burning drug she bought over the internet. Selena Walrond, who weighed 15st and was 5ft 3in tall, was so obsessed with being slim that she took five times the recommended daily dose. By Rebecca Camber27…

Death toll from contaminated drug rises to 14 in S China

January 24, 2008

GUANGZHOU, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) — A 37-year-old man has died from the effects of a contaminated drug given to patients at a south China hospital almost two years ago, bringing the death toll to 14. The latest victim died on Wednesday afternoon at the No. 3 Zhongshan Hospital in Guangzhou, capital of southern China's Guangdong…

Don’t Harbour the Patent Pirates

November 14, 2007

People are calling Marcia Bergeron the proverbial canary in the coalmine. The British Columbia woman was found dead in her home last December, filled by chemicals laced with lethal heavy metals believed to have been packed into a counterfeit pill she bought over the internet. She had ingested a drug produced in south-east Asia or…

Newlywed groom dies from sex drug side-effect

October 21, 2007

LAHORE: A newlywed groom died on Sunday after taking sex drugs in the Green Town police precinct. Green Town police Sub Inspector Muhammad Ashiq said Shahbaz Ahmad (30), a resident of Green Town, got married on Thursday. During initial interrogation, he said, it was disclosed that on Saturday night Shahbaz after taking sex drugs left…

Counterfeit drugs caused woman’s death, coroner concludes

July 7, 2007

VANCOUVER — Shoddy pills from a bogus online pharmacy are to blame for the death of a 58-year-old woman from Vancouver Island, a coroner’s report says. Yesterday’s conclusion makes Marcia Bergeron the first clear-cut case of a death stemming from counterfeit drugs bought on the Internet, but it likely won’t be the last, said Rose…

Woman dies after buying and ingesting drugs she purchased on line

July 6, 2007

VANCOUVER/CKNW – A BC coroner has ruled a Quadra island woman who died after buying and ingesting a number of drugs she purchased on line suffered from cardiac arrhythmia brought on by metal toxicity. And the report highlights the dangers of buying drugs on line. Marcia Ann Bergeron was 58 years old. She is believed…

Pharmacist, Patient Groups Call for Inquest into B.C. Counterfeit-Pills Death

March 23, 2007

OTTAWA, March 22 /CNW Telbec/ – A coalition of Canadian pharmacists and patients today called on the Regional Coroner for Vancouver Island to hold an inquest into the death of a British Columbia woman who died apparently after taking counterfeit pills she ordered online from a purported Canadian internet pharmacy. The Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA),…