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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.

New report from DEA says cartels are driving fake pills, and fake pills are driving drug deaths

March 4, 2021

The annual DEA National Threat Assessment, which covers 2019 and the first half of 2020, is the best source of unclassified data on drug smuggling, illicit substance trafficking, and counterfeit medications as it affects Americans. You can click on the thumbnail at right to read it, or read the highpoints on our Twitter thread.  Below…

Nearly One Million Poison Pills in 30 Days: Counterfeit Pills are Fueling U.S. Drug Deaths

March 2, 2021

The CDC says drug deaths are up 24% and the U.S. has seized nearly one million fake pills in the last 30 days.

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Counterfeit Medicine News for the week of February 23, 2021

March 1, 2021

This week: More counterfeit medical masks in Washington; prosecutions in nine states; fentanyl pill poisoning deaths in California, Missouri, New York, North Dakota and Wisconsin; and more.

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Counterfeit Medicine News for the week of February 15, 2021

February 22, 2021

In this week’s news: 11.1 million counterfeit n95 masks seized, invalid COVID-19 test results, pandemic-related benefits fraud, large fentanyl pill seizures, and another two doctors plead guilty to importing oncology drugs.

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Counterfeit Medicine News for the week of February 8, 2021

February 17, 2021

In this week’s news: More counterfeit masks, more fake medicine seizures, and a deadly new ingredient in pressed pills: clonazolam.

ED-Marketed Dietary Supplement Recalled Due to Presence of Prescription Drugs

February 15, 2021

This recall has been initiated after an FDA laboratory analysis found the product to contain undeclared sildenafil and/or tadalafil. Sildenafil and tadalafil are ingredients in FDA approved products for the treatment of male erectile dysfunction in the family of drugs known as phosphodiesterase (PDE-5) inhibitors. The presence of sildenafil and/or tadalafil in Adam’s Secret Extra Strength products makes them unapproved new drugs for which the safety and efficacy have not been established and therefore subject to recall.

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Counterfeit Medicine News for the week of February 1, 2021

February 8, 2021

In this week’s news: Counterfeiting of COVID-19 masks, vaccines and medicines continues; significant fake medicine operations in Canada, Mexico, the European Union, and here in the U.S.

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RAND finds unbranded generics cheaper in the U.S. than in 32 other countries.

February 1, 2021

In 2019, the U.S. Health and Human Services Agency hired the RAND Corporation to do a study comparing drug prices around the world to U.S. prices. They found that Americans pay 16% less than other countries for our unbranded generics—and generics make up 85% of drugs Americans are prescribed.

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Counterfeit Medicine News for the week of January 25, 2021

February 1, 2021

In this week’s news: Fake masks, fake COVID vaccines, fake pills and fake pill manufacturing across the U.S.

FDA Puts All Mexico-Produced Hand Sanitizers on Import Alert

January 26, 2021

Under the import alert, alcohol-based hand sanitizers from Mexico offered for import are subject to heightened FDA scrutiny, and FDA staff may detain the shipment. As part of their entry review, FDA staff will consider any specific evidence offered by importers or manufacturers that the hand sanitizers were manufactured according to U.S. current good manufacturing practice requirements. This marks the first time the FDA has issued a countrywide import alert for any category of drug product.