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New Hampshire Couple Who Distributed Millions Of Misbranded Pills Headed To Jail

April 20, 2018

The DOJ announced that John and Plabpleung Hayes of New Hampshire received their prison sentences for their roles in a conspiracy that imported and sold over 2 million misbranded prescription pills from India and sold them to customers across the United States…

Safe Savings Tip: Generic Cozaar Is Over 50% Cheaper In the U.S. Than In Canada

April 19, 2018

Choosing generic drugs is the easiest and fastest way for Americans to lower their prescription drug costs without having to risk purchasing your medication from a shady online pharmacy. We did a price comparison to see where losartan, the generic version of Cozaar, is more affordable – in the U.S. or in Canada. At a brick-and-mortar pharmacy in Canada, a 30-day supply would cost $14.31, but we found the same pills at pharmacies in the U.S. for $6.60…

Drugs From Online Canadian Pharmacies Come From A Lot Of Places, Just Not Canada

April 18, 2018

Importing drugs from Canada sounds as if it would solve the issue of high prescription drug costs in the U.S., but that’s just a good soundbite. The truth is that the drugs Americans buy online “from Canada” are not actually Canadian and they have not been inspected by any regulatory authority…

FDA Wants Authority to Seize and Destroy Suspected Fake Drugs at International Mail Facilities to Catch More Illicit Fentanyl

April 18, 2018

FDA Inspectors working at the U.S.’s nine international mail facilities work hard to keep counterfeit and substandard drugs from being shipped into the country. The FDA is asking Congress to change the rules to make it easier for them to seize and destroy shipments of fake drugs…

45 People Indicted for Fentanyl Sales and Money Laundering on Behalf of the Sinaloa Cartel

April 17, 2018

The Department of Justice (DOJ) for the Southern District of Ohio has brought money-laundering and fentanyl distribution charges against 12 people in Cincinnati. Additionally, 40 people in San Diego, California have been charged, along with others in Columbus, Ohio, the Eastern District of Kentucky, the District of Kansas and the Eastern District of Washington. Among those charged in California is Jose Lopez-Albarran, who they describe as a known money-laundering agent for the Sinaloa Cartel. The DOJ alleges “he and other members of the Cartel allegedly laundered tens of millions of dollars in narcotics proceeds from the United States to Mexico between 2015 and 2018. Through the investigation in California, law enforcement discovered multiple drug-trafficking cells throughout the United States.”

Authorities Arrest Tennessee Pair With $1.3M In Counterfeit Xanax

April 16, 2018

Arrest of pair in Tennessee brings down a counterfeit pill mill that produced and shipped fake Xanax to customers across the U.S. Authorities found 58,000 fake pills and enough powder to make an additional 200,000 more while searching two properties…

Partnership for Safe Medicines Statement on Sentencing in Canada Drugs Case

April 13, 2018

The Partnership for Safe Medicines released the following press release after the official acceptance of the plea deal for Kris Thorkelson and…

Canadian Pharmacist Sentenced For Selling Counterfeit Botox To U.S. Doctors

April 12, 2018

The U.S. DOJ announced that Nikhil Buhecha, a Canadian pharmacist, received a 36-month sentence for owning and operating a sophisticated drug whole operation that sold counterfeit Botox to doctors all across the United States…

The Partnership for Safe Medicines Congressional Briefing, April 10, 2018

April 11, 2018

On April 10, The Partnership for Safe Medicines sponsored a congressional briefing focused on the illicit fentanyl trade and the widespread impact it is having on communities across the United States. PSM released 43 States and Counting, a update to last September’s report on fentanyl-laced counterfeit pills in the U.S. Click here to watch a video of the event.

DOJ Gets Conviction In Murfreesboro, TN Counterfeit Fentanyl Pills Case

April 11, 2018

A federal jury convicted three people for their roles in a conspiracy to manufacture and sell counterfeit Percocet pills in Murfreesboro, TN. Those pills were linked to one death and 20 poisons…