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Oregon Woman Sentenced For Injecting Patients With Foreign-Sourced Botox and Juvéderm

October 15, 2018

A former doctor in Oregon received her sentence in federal court after she admitted to injecting patients with illegal foreign-sourced beauty treatments in her home. Brenda Roberts of Troutdale had previously surrendered her license to practice medicine, and a judge sentenced her to probation and community service…

Counterfeit Medicine Purchased Online Permanently Alters Man’s Vision

October 12, 2018

A new study was just released that documented that permanent damage done to a 31-year-old man after he ingested a counterfeit medicine he purchased online. Even after more than a year since this happened to him, the structural changes to the man’s eyes mean that he sees everything with a red tint…

Ten-Month-Old Leo Holz Died After Accidentally Ingesting a Counterfeit Fentanyl Pill

October 11, 2018

On September 18, 2017, ten-month-old Leo Holz put something he picked up off of his parents’ bed into his mouth. That something turned out to be a fake oxycodone pill made with fentanyl. He is perhaps the youngest known victim of the counterfeit fentanyl pill crisis…

Maryland Man Admits To Making And Selling Over 920,000 Fake Xanax Pills

October 11, 2018

The U.S. Department of Justice announced a guilty plea from Ryan Farace of Maryland. In less than four years, he manufactured and sold over 920,000 counterfeit Xanax pills on various online marketplaces…

Chairman and Editor In Chief Warns That Allowing Drug Importation Is All Risk And No Reward

October 10, 2018

In this October 10, 2018 editorial for The Hill, publishing executive warns that America has nothing to gain and everything to lose if we forsake our secure drug supply chain for allowing the importation of dangerous drugs…

Cheap Injectable Beauty Treatments Might Not Be The Deal You Think They Are

October 9, 2018

As the use of dermal fillers increases, so does the amount of people in the United States that are opting for cheap online deals. Sadly, 25% of the time, those deals leaving people dealing with complications such as a biofilm infection that can take months to completely go away…

Arizona Woman Sentenced To 12 Years For Selling Fake Pills That Killed One Man

October 8, 2018

A federal judge sentenced Fany Madrigal-Lopez to 12 years in prison after she pleaded guilty to selling counterfeit oxycodone pills made with fentanyl. Even after she learned of one customer’s death in November 2016, she continued to sell those pills until law enforcement finally caught up with her in August 2017…

Stopping The Poison Pills: Senate Caucus Hearing Held To Discuss Fentanyl

October 5, 2018

The Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control held a hearing on October 2, 2018 to discuss the flow of illicitly produced fentanyl out of China and into the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Discussions with panelists involved what is currently being done by major departments within our government to keep fentanyl out and what more could we be doing to help end this epidemic…

Man Pleads Guilty In Arkansas After Making Counterfeit Oxycodone Pills At His Home

October 4, 2018

Lewis Chafin of Fayetteville, Arkansas pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of possession of a tableting or encapsulating machine with the intent to manufacture fentanyl. After receiving a tip, a search of Chafin’s home by law enforcement turned up 43 counterfeit oxycodone pills, various pharmaceutical powders – including fentanyl, oxycodone, morphine, zolpidem, and alprazolam – and a pill press…

Teenager Stopped At Border Crossing With Suspected Fake Fentanyl Pills

October 3, 2018

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and their canines had a busy day in Arizona on September 18th. Officers at the Port of Nogales stopped two smuggling attempts, including one man with over a pound of fentanyl taped to his legs. At the Port of San Luis, a 16-year-old was stopped with over a quarter pound of suspected fake fentanyl pills taped to his legs…