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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.

Fentanyl Pill Victims Are Getting Younger. Parents Blame Snapchat.

June 14, 2021

On June 4, 2021, parents and family members gathered in 30 cities around the country to protest social  media companies’ inaction on drug sales on their platforms. The protest in Santa Monica focused on Snapchat headquarters.

June 14, 2021: Operation Pangea XIV stops $23 million in fake and unapproved medical products

June 14, 2021

Every year, Interpol coordinates Operation Pangea, a seven-day initiative that targets the sale of counterfeit and unauthorized medical products. Read this to learn about this year’s fake medicine haul, and catch up on 17 other stories in the news.

June 7, 2021: Families Across The Country Rally Over Fentanyl Deaths

June 7, 2021

Families rallied in 30 U.S. cities to draw attention to fentanyl poisoning deaths and to demand that social media companies stop drug dealers selling on their sites. Plus, 23 more counterfeit medicine stories.

Real and fake remdesivir side by side

Canadian drug importation – What’s the state of the issue in June 2021?

June 4, 2021

What’s happening with Canadian drug importation? What’s Florida doing with a big empty warehouse? Isn’t this policy currently in the courts? You’ve got questions and we’ve got answers.

June 1, 2021: CBP in Ohio Seizes $1.2 million in Counterfeit Drugs and Medical Devices

June 1, 2021

Customs and Border Protection are hard at work protecting Americans from counterfeit medicines and fake medical devices. Read on to learn about recent seizures of prescription steroids, COVID-19 test kits and more in Cincinnati, and catch up on 27 other stories about medicine safety.

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May 24, 2021: History Repeating: Doctor Injected Patients With Black Market Medicine

May 24, 2021

A Mississippi physician will pay more than half a million in fines, forfeitures and restitution for treating his patients with foreign, non-FDA-approved versions Prolia, Boniva, and Aclasta.

And 15 more stories from the world of counterfeit medicine.

Counterfeit pill dealers poison their victims. The press should say so.

May 24, 2021

The media speaks as if counterfeit pill victims were seeking drugs and “overdosed” because they took too much of them, but that doesn’t accurately reflect what is happening. Too often, victims have been sold drugs that they weren’t seeking at all.

Help PSM tell journalists that pill victims have been poisoned, not overdosed.

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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.

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.