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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 26, 2021: Federal authorities in Maryland seize fake Walmart site selling unapproved COVID cures.

July 27, 2021

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Maryland seized two websites that tried to mimic legitimate Walmart websites, and claimed to sell drugs that treat or prevent COVID-19. Read this and 15 more stories in the world of fake medicine.

Parents & PSM to the press: these deaths are poisonings

July 21, 2021

In May, New Orleans-based WWL TV covered the death of a high school senior who was killed by a fake prescription pill made with fentanyl just days before her graduation. Getting news out about these pills is incredibly important but so is accuracy. PSM and a group of parents wrote the station to point out the danger of describing these deaths as overdoses rather than poisoning.

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Partnership for Safe Medicines Statement on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Drug Death Totals for 2020

July 21, 2021

Shabbir Safdar, executive director of the Partnership for Safe Medicines (PSM), released this statement in response to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) preliminary statistics for the number of Americans whose deaths in 2020 involved drugs

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July 19, 2021: CDC says U.S. drug deaths up almost 30%

July 19, 2021

Tragic preliminary statistics that show that drug deaths rose from 70,600 in 2019 to 93,000 in 2020 with 57,000 the result of synthetic opioids like fentanyl.

Click to read this and the rest of this week’s counterfeit medicine news.

Partnership for Safe Medicines Statement on Biden Administration Executive Order to Foster Competition

July 13, 2021

Shabbir Safdar, executive director of the Partnership for Safe Medicines, released this statement in response to President Biden’s executive order to foster competition, which favors importation of prescription drugs from Canada.

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July 12, 2021: South Carolina reports 500 fake pill poisonings since January 2020

July 12, 2021

Learn about South Carolina’s grave warning for its residents, and more than 30 other stories in counterfeit news.

Crime and Policy III: Counterfeit medicines in 2021

June 30, 2021

With the year half over, where are we with policy proposals and crimes that affect the safety of the supply chain?

Watch our June 30th webinar for an update.

June 28, 2021: CBP Stops Black Market Remdesivir On Its Way To Mexico

June 28, 2021

CBP officers captured more than 100 shipments of black market versions of the Covid-19 treatment remdesivir in recent months. Read to learn more about this and the rest of the week’s news in fake medicine.

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June 21, 2021: Busted In 2018, Connecticut Pill Maker Pleads Guilty

June 21, 2021

A guilty plea for a Connecticut man who made deadly counterfeit Percocet in Stamford, and a dozen more fake medicine stories.

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.