News Coverage

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.

The Evolving Role of Chinese Manufacturers and Criminal Gangs in the U.S. Fentanyl Epidemic

October 20, 2021

The United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission’s newest report found Chinese companies adapting to a changing legal framework to maintain their prominent status as suppliers, and even venturing into money-laundering services for Mexican drug trafficking organizations

October 18, 2021: 33 years for fentanyl trafficker indicted in Operation Denial

October 18, 2021

40-year-old Steven Barros Pintos was prosecuted as part of a long running investigation into a fentanyl and fentanyl pill trafficking ring that spanned Canada, China and the U.S.

Fake Adderall pills spread across the U.S.

October 18, 2021

Counterfeit Adderall made with methamphetamine is not a new problem, but it is exploding in the shadow of the fentanyl pill epidemic. As of September 2021, these counterfeits had been found in 19 states.

October 12, 2021: Snapchat proposes changes to help stop dealers

October 12, 2021

After listening to grieving parents who have lost children to counterfeit pills sold on their platform, Snapchat announced new efforts to crackdown down on illegal drug sales. Click to catch up on this, and the rest of last week’s counterfeit medicine news.

Video: Feds Jail New York Money Launderers

October 12, 2021

When you buy prescription medicine online from an unlicensed pharmacy, your credit card charges can’t be legally processed by legitimate banks. Drug sellers turn to criminals to launder their payments. That’s how these New Yorkers just got a combined 104 months in prison for bank and wire fraud.

A Drug Dealer and a Pharmacist Hatch Plan to Firebomb a Rival Pharmacy.  No, Really.

October 5, 2021

A pharmacy owner and a darkweb dealer plotted to firebomb another pharmacy so they could buy more opioids, and then blame it on a jealous husband.

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October 4, 2021: 1.8 m fake pills seized in just 2 months; deaths continue

October 4, 2021

As the DEA seized 1.8 million fake pills over just two months, families all over the country are sharing the stories of victims.

Read about this and catch up on thirty more counterfeit medicine stories here.

Video: DEA issues a rare public warning about counterfeit pills

October 4, 2021

The DEA issues a rare public warning about counterfeit pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine being seized in all 50 states. Watch PSM’s video to learn more.

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September 27, 2021: The DEA Seized 9.6 Million Counterfeit Pills This Budget Year

September 27, 2021

This week the DEA warned that prescription medications bought on the black market contain fentanyl or methamphetamine, and reported that it had seized 9.6 million counterfeit pills in the 2020-2021 fiscal year–more than it seized in the previous two years combined.

Catch up on this and the rest of last week’s counterfeit medicine news.

Video: Hawaii becomes final state to report a fake pill victim

September 23, 2021

The August 2021 indictment of an alleged fentanyl pill dealer for the death of a Maui resident makes Hawaii the final U.S. state to confirm a counterfeit pill fatality. Watch our weekly video to learn more about the changes we’ve seen over the last six years.