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Since 2002, the Partnership for Safe Medicines has been publishing information about the counterfeit drug problem around the world. 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.

Joni Inman of Front Range Pharmalogic Describes Canadian Drug Importation as a ‘Dangerous Myth’

May 22, 2019

Dozens of the most highly qualified law enforcement officials and former, senior staff at the U.S. Food & Drug Administration have conducted in-depth analyses that show Canadian drug importation will lead to a massive increase in counterfeit drugs entering the U.S.

Kansas Is The 47th State To Report The Discovery Of Counterfeit Fentanyl Pills

May 20, 2019

PSM started to track reported incidences of counterfeit pills made with fentanyl in October 2015. With the recent seizure in Kansas City, Kansas is the 47th state in which PSM has documented these deadly fake pills having been found in…

Husband of Former Pennsylvania Township Commissioner Charged in Fake Online Pharmacy Case

May 20, 2019

Koledin ran a website called awakebrain dot com that marketed and sold misbranded and unapproved medication imported from Russia and China. It describes several instances when either the website or emails from Koledin described medications as FDA-approved, when in fact they were not.

Former DEA Agent Douglas Herbert on Why Drug Importation is Dangerous

May 15, 2019

The FDA has strict oversight and controls on our pharmaceutical industry. From cradle-to-grave, the FDA ensures American consumers receive safe, uncontaminated pharmaceutical medications. These FDA assurances don’t apply to foreign pharmaceutical companies. Pharmaceutical drugs are the most counterfeited item in the world; an estimated $200 billion industry. Based on our counterfeit opioid drug crises, we should think long and hard before considering such proposals.

Mayor Up for Re-Election in Tennessee Arrested with Fake Pills and the Pill Press that Made Them

May 15, 2019

Red Boiling Springs mayor Joel Rae Coe has been arrested on drug trafficking charges after a year-long joint investigation between the Macon County Sheriff’s Department the Red Boiling Springs Police Department, the Lafayette Police Department and the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Authorities found 3 bags of 10 milligram hydrocodone pills, one page of 7.5 milligram hydrocodone pills, two bags of 10 milligram oxycodone pills, 154 morphine pills, 48 unidentifiable white pills, a pharmaceutical pill press and four pounds of a white powder that authorities believe is a fentanyl compound.

ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force Director: “Don’t Import Prescription Drugs”

May 13, 2019

In this editorial published in The Hill on May 12, 2019, Brooklyn Roberts, the director of the health and human services task force at the American Legislative Exchange Council, discusses the risks of drug importation:

“The safety of our prescription drugs relies on a closed system where drugs can be traced to manufacturers, distributors, pharmacies and patients. Opening that system to foreign drugs would allow the potential for dangerous and potentially deadly medicines to land in the hands of the American public.”

Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb condemns importation proposals and points out Florida’s sordid history with wholesale counterfeit drugs

May 10, 2019

Today at the National Press Club former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb addressed the issue of importation and specifically talked about the irony of Florida attempting to do it. Commissioner Gottlieb reminded us that the reason we have the pedigree system we’re implementing now (Track and Trace) is because criminal wholesalers in Florida in the early…

Partnership for Safe Medicines’ Statement in Response to President Trump’s Comments on Foreign Drug Importation

May 10, 2019

Washington, D.C. (May 9, 2019) – Shabbir Safdar, Executive Director of the Partnership for Safe Medicines, released the following statement in response to President Trump’s comments on drug importation: “We have worked on this issue for more than 15 years and it is simply not possible to import medicines safely from a foreign country’s drug…

Colorado Mother Works to Raise Awareness About Addiction and Self-Harm

May 8, 2019

Grand Junction resident Andrea Thomas lost her daughter Ashley to counterfeit oxycodone in June 2018. Now, she is determined to protect others. Her new foundation, Voices for Awareness, promotes awareness about substance abuse and self-harm. On July 27, 2019, the organization will hold its first conference—free to the public—at Costa Mesa University, as well as the “Fight for Awareness,” a professional boxing event in which fighters from all over Colorado will dedicate their match to a loved one lost to substance abuse or suicide.

Three Stamford, Connecticut Residents Charged With Trafficking Thousands of Counterfeit Oxycodone Pills, One Has Pleaded Guilty

May 3, 2019

According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), a trio of Connecticut residents has been indicted on charges they were running an organization that specialized in manufacturing counterfeit pills containing fentanyl and selling them via the Internet to purchasers throughout the United States.