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May 10, 2021: 12 Federal Drug Cases with Fatalities—8 with Fake Pills—in California, and more counterfeit news

May 17, 2021

U.S. Attorneys in California announced 12 new drug prosecutions (8 for fake fentanyl pills) all of which involved deaths. Plus, 19 more stories about counterfeit medicines and COVID-19 fraud.

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May 3, 2021: A short extension for fentanyl analogue scheduling, and more counterfeit news

May 10, 2021

A short 6-month extension for emergency scheduling of fentanyl analogues, an update to Illegal Pill Presses: An Overlooked Threat to American Patients, and twenty more COVID fraud and medicine safety stories.

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Illegal Pill Presses Pose Serious, Nationwide Threat to American Patients and Communities

May 4, 2021

The Partnership for Safe Medicines and the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators have released an update to 2019’s Illegal Pill Presses: An Overlooked Threat to American Patients.

Since the initial report, fentanyl deaths are higher than ever and these pills – created by clandestine pill presses around the globe – continue to be sold on the streets and on the dark web.

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Fake Remdesivir in India and more counterfeit news, April 26, 2021

May 3, 2021

This week’s roundup includes: Fake remdesivir plagues India and 18 more counterfeit medicine and COVID-fraud stories you may have missed.

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Partnership for Safe Medicines’ Statement on Congressional Action to Permanently Schedule Fentanyl-Related Analogues and Substances

May 3, 2021

Shabbir Safdar, Executive Director of the Partnership for Safe Medicines, released the following statement today in response to Congressional actions to permanently scheduling illicitly manufactured and deadly fentanyl…

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Grand Junction, Colorado man convicted for selling fakes that killed, and more counterfeit news, April 19, 2021

April 26, 2021

This week’s roundup includes: a conviction in Colorado, fake COVID-19 vaccines, Operation Stolen Promise statistics and 17 more counterfeit medicine stories.

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News roundup for the week of April 12, 2021

April 19, 2021

This week: 70 months for a Pennsylvania man who trafficked counterfeit medicines, two fentanyl pill operations shut down, counterfeit pill seizures and warnings and a couple of #covidscams.

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Counterfeit HIV drug underscores risks of a weaker drug supply chain, advocate warns.

April 13, 2021

ADAP Advocacy Association CEO Brandon M. Macsata wrote this editorial, which appeared on the AIDS Drug Assistance Program’s website on April 1, 2021.

The Association first warned constituents that counterfeit Symtuza had been distributed to three U.S. pharmacies in December 2020, when Janssen issued an alert.

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News roundup for the week of April 5, 2021

April 12, 2021

This week: The government undertakes scheduling fentanyl analogues, another silicone injection case, a huge counterfeit pill trafficking bust in Quebec, and many, many more fentanyl pills.

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What is “Permanently Scheduling” Fentanyl-related Substances and Analogues, and Why is it so Important?

April 9, 2021

Learn why permanently scheduling fentanyl-related substances and analogues on Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act is an important policy tool in the fight against fentanyl-laced counterfeit medicines.

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