Illinois

Counterfeit Xanax, fake opioids, and smuggled black market medicine threaten Illinois Download our March 2021 PDF Download our information sheet about counterfeit drug incidents in Illinois and consult the updates below. State incident summaries July 2022 – January 2023 Counterfeit News in IllinoisCounterfeit Version of Botox Found in Multiple StatesApril 16, 2024Counterfeit “Botox"April 15, 2024Counterfeit…

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Indictment Announced Of California Woman Who Sold Fentanyl Pills Online For Almost Two Years

A California woman has been indicted for shipping fake fentanyl pills and a misbranded drug into Illinois. In total, prosecutors alleged that Melissa Scanlan shipped over 50,000 counterfeit fentanyl pills to customers all over the United States. After initially being arrested on state charges in August, Scanlan allegedly went back to Mexico to arrange for more fake fentanyl pills to be delivered to her home. She was arrested for the second time in September in relation to the Illinois indictment…

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2 Chicago Residents Indicted for Importing Bulk Fentanyl Analogues from China

According to their indictment, Sanchez “Chez” Lackland and Jermol “Yak” Mixon face counts of fentanyl importation and distribution, as well as weapons charges. Their indictment also identifies the fentanyl analogue as methoxyacetyl fentanyl, and notes that the accused allegedly made repeated purchases of the drug from Chinese sources.

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Tramadol: An Illicit Opioid That Funds Terrorism

Tramadol is given as a pain medication in India, but it has a high potential for abuse, and in some countries, tramadol deaths outnumber deaths from heroin. It is also completely unregulated in India, and is not on the World Health Organization (WHO) list of scheduled drugs or controlled substance list, which would force countries to regulate it.

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Illinois Doctor Has Medical License Suspended Over Purchase of Fake Cancer Drugs

Dr. Ann Kinnealey can no longer practice medicine in Illinois after a hearing by the Illinois State Medical Board determined that she purchased misbranded cancer medication from foreign supplier, Quality Specialty Products (QSP). QSP was a wholesale subsidiary of Canadian Internet Pharmacy giant, CanadaDrugs. Dr. Kinnealey had her 2 medical licenses suspended on April 21…

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Illinois’ experience with iSaveRX, 2004–2009

Between 2004 and 2009 a number of states experimented with drug importation from countries that supposedly had online pharmacies offering cheaper medications. Illinois was a leader in this area, spending significant state resources marketing and promoting the program while working with Ram Kamath, who later became Director of Pharmacy Policy and International Verifications at PharmacyChecker. The…

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