Illinois

Counterfeit Xanax, fake opioids, and smuggled black market medicine threaten Illinois Download our March 2021 PDF Download our most recent state information sheet, which summarizes recent counterfeit drug activity in Illinois. Counterfeit News in Illinois1,683 Fake COVID-19 Vaccination Cards & 2,034 Fake Pfizer Seals Seized by Cincinnati CBPSeptember 16, 2021Chicago CBP Seize Counterfeit COVID Vaccination…

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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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Illinois Counterfeit Drug Seller Sentenced to 3.5 Years in Prison

Fayez Al-Jabri of Chicago acted as a black market wholesaler, importing thousands of doses of fake pills from China for further distribution. A Chicago resident has been sentenced to 3.5 years in prison for his role in importing for sale over 26,000 doses of counterfeit ED medication into the United States, reports the Department of…

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Chicago Pharmacist Charged with Substituting Chinese Counterfeits for Genuine Medication

View larger map Michael Markiewicz, a Chicago area pharmacist, was indicted in Federal court April 18th 2013 on charges that instead of filling prescriptions with genuine ED medication, he purchased Chinese-made counterfeits and substituted them for the real drugs. Markiewicz was charged with eight counts of violating the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act; four…

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