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Newly Launched Federal Task Force Finds Fake Xanax and Botox in First Week of Operation at Michigan Ports of Entry

March 18, 2019

The Detroit branch of the newly launched Global Trade Task Force (GTTF) has found counterfeit medications amongst the $1 million worth of counterfeit goods seized during one week. The seizures occurred at the Detroit Metro Airport, and the Port Huron Blue Water Bridge ports of entry.

Save Money And Time By Picking The Right Pharmacy

March 15, 2019

Picking the right pharmacy offers many benefits to the customer. Different pharmacies offer different services, and picking the right one can not only save you money, it can save you time…

Gregg Keller, source: Gage Skidmore, via Wikimedia Commons

Former Executive Director of the American Conservative Union believes importation will hurt Americans

March 12, 2019

In this editorial, published in The Missouri Times on March 11, 2019, Gregg Keller warns that “the issue at hand is not so much the safety of Canadian drugs but the dangers of the global drug trade. Often, pharmacies that claim to be “Canadian” are anything but.”

Guilty Plea From Canadian Who Sold Fentanyl-Laced Candies Via The Internet

March 12, 2019

The U.S. Department of Justice announced that Christopher Bantli of Calgary, Canada pleaded guilty in federal court. Bantli distributed controlled substances to customers who made their purchases online. The substances, such as fentanyl, alprazolam, or U-47700, could be pressed to look like “Pez” candies…

New Jersey Is The Most Recent State With A Confirmed Death Caused By Counterfeit Fentanyl Pills

March 11, 2019

Since PSM started following news reports of counterfeit pills containing fentanyl, stories of these pills have showed up in 46 states. With this newest story out of New Jersey, the number of states with confirmed deaths caused by fake fentanyl pills now stands at 31…

Counterfeit Fentanyl Pills Continue To Claim Lives In Arizona

March 7, 2019

Law enforcement and medical professionals continue to warn the residents of Arizona that any pill purchased on the street most likely contains fentanyl and could kill them. From San Luis to Scottsdale to Buckeye, teenagers across the state are taking these fake pills, sometimes with tragic results…

U.S. FDA Issues A Warning Letter to Canadian “International Prescription Service Provider” CanaRx

March 6, 2019

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning letter to CanaRx, a company that acts as a broker between the foreign pharmacies and the employer-sponsored health insurance plan to provide prescription drugs to their employees. The letter states that CanaRx has been selling unapproved and misbranded drugs to U.S. citizens…

HIV-Positive Advocate Reminds Americans About the Dangers of Imported Drugs

March 6, 2019

It isn’t just policymakers who believe drug importation will open the U.S. drug supply to counterfeits. In this editorial, published in the Times of Northwest Indiana on March 6, 2019, HIV-positive advocate Brandon Macsata explains that his own physician objected to ordering medicine from Canadian online pharmacies:

“It never crossed my mind that I might have been taking counterfeit medicine, or that the medicines meant to control my HIV could be compromising my immune system. So when my doctor found out, she told me to stop immediately. She warned me that online pharmacies often sell counterfeit drugs.”

South Dakota Man Sentenced To 121 Months After Trafficking In Fentanyl Pills And Other Drug

March 5, 2019

The U.S. Department of Justice announced that Cory Poelstra of Yankton, South Dakota received a 121-month prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to trafficking in fentanyl. Law enforcement found over 600 fentanyl pills when they searched his home and hundreds of packages that been used to ship online purchases of controlled substances to him…

Head Of Drug Ring That Made 500,000 Counterfeit Pills Each Month Headed To Prison

March 1, 2019

A South Carolina resident, who was the leader of a counterfeit drug manufacturing and distribution ring, recently was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison. Eric Hughes and his co-conspirators used rental properties as clandestine drug labs to produce 500,000 fake pills each months, which were distributed locally as well as to online customers…