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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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Video: Serialization Protecting Patients

May 4, 2022

Recently a ring of counterfeiters was exposed selling fake HIV medicines. One of their shipments ended up at a small Texan pharmacy. Watch to learn what happened.

May 2, 2022: Another lawsuit over counterfeit HIV drugs in the U.S.

May 2, 2022

J&J sues distributors for selling fake HIV drugs; illegally imported medicines and 19 stories involving pressed pills made of fentanyl or methamphetamine in 15 states.

April 25, 2022: Middle man in Mac Miller’s fentanyl pill death gets 11 years.

April 25, 2022

Federal courts sentenced the first of three men who supplied the fentanyl pills that killed rapper Mac Miller; A COVID-19 testing company in LA will pay more than $20 million for faking test results; dozens more stories about counterfeit pressed pills in 17 states.

FDA Alert: Herbal Arthritis Treatments Contain Dangerous Prescription Drugs

April 25, 2022

FDA has received adverse event reports, including of liver toxicity and death, associated with the use of Artri King products, since the agency issued its first warning about an Artri Ajo King product on January 5, 2022.

April 18, 2022: Fake pills double teen drug deaths since 2019

April 18, 2022

Drug fatalities among U.S. teens have doubled since 2019—largely because of counterfeit pills made with fentanyl. Two websites were warned to stop selling Adderall without a prescription, and more than 20 additional stories in 14 states.

Video: Fake blood thinners found in Mexican pharmacies

April 13, 2022

Americans searching for cheaper prescription drugs in Mexico are often sold fake or substandard products. Fake blood thinners were just recently found in Mexican pharmacies and sold to American patients.

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April 11, 2022: DEA warns about mass fentanyl poisoning events

April 11, 2022

This week’s roundup includes a warning about mass fentanyl poisoning events; a guilty plea from a doctor who faked vaccination records; more counterfeit medicine in Mexico, and pressed pills made with fentanyl in 18 states.

Partnership for Safe Medicines Releases Anti-Counterfeit Public Service Announcement with ADAP Advocacy Association

April 5, 2022

Washington, D.C. (April 6, 2022) – The Partnership for Safe Medicines has teamed up with the ADAP Advocacy Association (aaa+) to educate people living with HIV on ways they can protect themselves against potential counterfeit medications.

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March 28–April 4, 2022: DoJ probes alleged HIV drug counterfeiting network

April 5, 2022

In this week’s roundup: The Justice Department’s investigation of an alleged counterfeit HIV drug network; case updates in New Jersey and Washington, international news, and 40+ stories about pressed pills made with fentanyl or other substances.

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March 21, 2022: Class I recalls of COVID-19 tests and prescription drug smuggling

March 22, 2022

This week’s roundup covers two COVID-19 test kit recalls, alleged prescription drug smugglers who sold breast cancer treatments—among other drugs—online, and 33 more stories across the country,