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Importation Is An Opportunity For Organized Crime to Expand Counterfeit Drug Profits, DEA Veteran Says

June 28, 2019

This editorial by retired DEA agent Douglas Hebert was published in The Arizona Capital Times ,on June 27, 2019. In it, Hebert explains how drug importation programs will help organized crime expand their $200 billion-a-year counterfeit pharmaceutical industry into the U.S., at the expense of Americans.

National Pharmacy Organizations Ask HHS Secretary Azar for Clarity on Drug Importation Proposals

June 28, 2019

On June 24, 2019, the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA), along with the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) wrote a joint letter to U.S. Health and Human Services (HSS) Secretary Alex Azar questioning the wisdom of poorly thought-out importation proposals.

“Canada cannot act as a drugstore for the United States,” says academic

June 19, 2019

In this editorial, which was published by the Fraser Institute on June 13, 2019, economist Dr. Kristina Acri argues against importation, concluding: “Diverting drugs meant for Canadian patients to the U.S. through state importation schemes will create shortages for Canadian patients and increase pressure on potentially unscrupulous suppliers to source drugs from wherever they can, opening the door to counterfeiters.”

2 Million Counterfeit Pills Found at Organization Sending Packages to US, Europe and Australia

June 18, 2019

On June 4, 2019, Laval police conducted a series of raids to bring down the ring that was making the counterfeit pills. 235 police officers searched 13 locations in Laval, Montreal and the communities that ring the north shore of Laval and Montreal islands. The raids have resulted in the arrest of eleven people.

Florida man Convicted for Manufacturing and Selling Hundreds of Thousands of Counterfeit Oxycodone

June 17, 2019

On June 7, 2019, a federal jury found Dion Gregory Fisher, 33, of Seminole, FL, guilty of conspiring to manufacture and distribute fentanyl and fentanyl analogue, guilty of five counts of fentanyl distribution and manufacturing and eight counts of committing money laundering transactions involving more than $10,000 of narcotics proceeds.

Peer-reviewed journal article estimates 300,000 child fatalities annually due to counterfeit medication

June 16, 2019

The Partnership for Safe Medicines and the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies   (ASOP Global), two public health advocacy groups focused on patient safety and the secure pharmaceutical supply chain, released an infographic today to call attention to the human toll that counterfeit medicines take on children in low and middle income countries.

Federal Agents Break Up Large Counterfeit Pill Rings in Stockton and Newport Beach, California

June 15, 2019

Eight people in Stockton have been indicted after an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) of over 50 overdoses in the Sacramento area in 2016 that included 12 deaths. The Sacramento Bee reports that the large-scale counterfeit pill making operation in Stockton was turning out thousands of counterfeit prescription pills made with fentanyl, methamphetamine,…

KANSAS: Pills Seized in October 2018 Were Counterfeits Testing Shows

June 13, 2019

Thirty-one light blue pills seized in a drug investigation were identified by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation as counterfeits made with fentanyl in the first week of June, 2019. The pills were marked with the markings of legitimate oxycodone. The Parson Sun reports that the pills were discovered in a Parsons, KS, motel room on…

Boyfriend Who Gave His Girlfriend The Counterfeit Pill That Killed Her Sentenced to Four Years in Prison

June 13, 2019

On March 21, 2019, 22-year-old Jacob Reis of Cary, Illinois pleaded guilty to charges he gave his 19-year-old girlfriend, Rachel Ramirez, a deadly fentanyl-laced counterfeit pill that killed her, the Northwest Herald reports. According to a 2018 article in the Northwest Herald, Reis and another young woman, Reanna Salas, were originally charged with providing the…

Drug Importation threatens people with chronic illnesses, says advocate.

June 12, 2019

This editorial by Guy Anthony was published in the Orlando Sentinel on June 12, 2019. Anthony, President and CEO of Black, Gifted & Whole, a nonprofit focused on issues surrounding black, queer men, warns that drug importation will open up “a market for dangerous, counterfeit drugs” that will make it harder for people to live with HIV and other complex illnesses.