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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.

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July 5, 2022: New York man sold U.S. buyers millions of smuggled prescription drugs

July 6, 2022

This week: Fake drug convictions in New York and Missouri, and fentanyl pill prosecutions, seizures and deaths in 17 states.

June 27, 2022: Counterfeit pills with fentanyl continue unabated

June 28, 2022

Stories about hundreds of thousands of counterfeit pills made with fentanyl in nine U.S. states.

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June 20, 2022: $230 Million In Diverted HIV Drugs—Again?

June 20, 2022

A Miami man was charged with selling sketchy HIV medication to U.S. pharmacies; 47 people indicted for fentanyl pill trafficking in four separate investigations; stories about pressed pills in eight states, Ireland and Mexico.

Partnership for Safe Medicines Applauds Senate HELP Committee Vote to Table Harmful Drug Importation Amendment But Remains Concerned About Current Importation Proposals

June 18, 2022

Washington, DC (June 17, 2022) – Shabbir Safdar, executive director of The Partnership for Safe Medicines, released the following statement today: “The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions’ 15-7 vote against Senator Sanders’ foreign drug importation amendment to S. 4348, the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Landmark Advancements (FDASLA) Act, is…

FDA Alert: Dietary Supplement Marketed for Pain Relief Recalled Due to Presence of Diclofenac and Dexamethasone

June 15, 2022

Consumption of undeclared diclofenac could result in serious adverse events that include cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, renal, and anaphylaxis in patients taking concomitant NSAIDs and/or anticoagulants, in those who have allergies to diclofenac, or those with underlying illnesses. Consumption of undeclared dexamethasone may lead to severe and serious adverse events such as adrenal suppression, a disorder in which the adrenal glands do not produce enough hormones, and adverse consequences can range from limited adverse consequences to death.

Partnership for Safe Medicines Statement on Foreign Drug Importation Efforts in the U.S. Senate (updated)

June 12, 2022

Washington, D.C. (Updated June 13, 2022) – Shabbir Imber Safdar, executive director of the Partnership for Safe Medicines, released the following statement in advance of the Senate HELP Committee’s June 14th Executive Session. “The amendments offered to include foreign drug importation in S. 4348, Food and Drug Administration Safety and Landmark Advancements (FDASLA) Act, are…

Former Florida Congresswoman Calls Drug Importation a ‘False Promise’.

June 10, 2022

So, what does all of this have to do with importing drugs from a friendly nation like Canada? The simple, inarguable fact is that, once we open up our drug supply, we can no longer ensure the safety of the products in it.

Director of Health and Science Policy at Citizens Against Government Waste Calls Drug Importation Dangerous

June 10, 2022

Instead of wasting time and money on dangerous and faulty importation proposals, Congress should encourage the FDA to speed up the drug approval process and reduce the cost of program and application fees for future drug development. In 2022, the application fee for a human drug application will cost $1.6 million for drugs that don’t require clinical data and $3.1 million for medicines that do need clinical data.

June 6, 2022: San Diego doctor sentenced for COVID treatment fraud

June 6, 2022

In this week’s news: A San Diego doctor pays for smuggling hydroxychloroquine to sell fake $4,000 COVID treatment kits; the British Medical Journal writes about black market sales of molnupiravir; Canadians warn about fake Xanax made with flualprazolam; and 14 more stories in 11 states.

Drug Importation Is Not The Solution Americans Need

June 6, 2022

While working to find a way to provide relief to patients at the pharmacy counter, American politicians again look to the idea of drug importation as a possible solution. Looking at all the evidence, the Partnership for Safe Medicines believes such plans will not only make no difference in reducing patient out-of-pocket costs, but will…