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The Partnership for Safe Medicines has been publishing information about the counterfeit drug problem around the world for more than a decade. With experts leading the organization and a committed and passionate set of writers and editors, our content is more in-depth than many other sources, which simply copy links to the news from other websites.

Partnership for Safe Medicines Applauds International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) for Seizure of $11 Million in Counterfeit Medicines During Operation Pangea XV

August 10, 2022

WASHINGTON –The Partnership for Safe Medicines, a public health group committed to the safety of pharmaceutical medicines, applauds the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) for organizing the seizure of over $11 million in counterfeit medicines during Operation Pangea XV, an initiative to combat the global trafficking of counterfeit pharmaceuticals marketed and sold online. During the…

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August 8, 2022: CBP intercepts fentanyl pills on their way from India to Canada

August 8, 2022

This week: Prosecutions, seizures and deaths related to counterfeit pressed pills in 10 states.

ADAP Advocacy PSA Combat Counterfeit Drugs: The Ad Run Parts 1 and 2

August 5, 2022

This counterfeit HIV drug outbreak inspired Brandon Mascata of ADAP Advocacy Association (AAA+) to team up with us to produce an educational advertisement for people living with HIV and their loved ones.

FDA Alert: Class 1 Recall of Unauthorized COVID-19 Tests

August 2, 2022

North American Diagnostics is recalling these tests because they were distributed to U.S. customers without authorization, clearance, or approval from the FDA. North American Diagnostics did not provide the FDA with adequate validation data to show that the test’s performance is accurate. This means there is a risk of potential false negative, false positive, or misinterpretation of results.

Use of these tests may cause serious adverse health consequences or death.

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August 1, 2022: Study urges medical practices to be aware of unsafe pharmacies selling Gleevec

August 1, 2022

Fake online pharmacies selling a lifesaving cancer drug. Three guilty pleas and a new case of controlled substance medicines from India, the extradition of Mark Grenon, who sells industrial bleach as a cure-all, and a dozen more stories.

Head of Missouri Pharmacy Association Calls for Rider-Free PDUFA Passage

July 27, 2022

One proposed amendment which could delay, or derail prompt passage, would allow importation of drugs from other countries which have not been inspected or approved by the FDA. Because the FDA ensures strict oversight of purity and effectiveness of the drugs in our supply chain, this proposal is dangerous. Everyday customs officials are finding counterfeit drugs which are laced with dangerous ingredients like fentanyl, mercury, lead, or other toxins.

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FDA Alert: Dietary Supplement Sold on Amazon Recalled for Presence of Prescription Drug Ingredients

July 26, 2022

The product was distributed via the internet and fulfilled by Amazon nationwide in the USA. On December 17, 2020, FDA issued a press release that warned consumers to avoid certain products found on Amazon, eBay and other retailers due to hidden and potentially dangerous drug ingredients. It also encouraged online marketplaces to ensure these products are not sold on their platforms.

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July 25, 2022: Pangea XV takes $11 million in fake drugs out of circulation

July 25, 2022

94 countries seized 3 million doses of unauthorized and fake drugs for Operation Pangea XV; Mesa County, Colorado’s sheriff reported a different, dangerous opioid in fake oxycodone pills; and 22 other counterfeit pill incidents.

Video: DOJ wants AlpraKing

July 20, 2022

A vendor called AlpraKing was one of several large volume sellers of fake Xanax pills operating on the dark web between 2014 and 2017. No one knew who was behind the AlpraKing operation, but recently that changed.

July 18, 2022: Final defendant in fake Adderall dark web ring sentenced

July 18, 2022

This week: more xylazine in fake pills, a million fentanyl pills seized in California, and the last of seven fake Adderall traffickers sentenced, and 26 more stories in 17 states.