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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.

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November 29, 2021: CBP and FDA seize 26,000 unapproved contact lenses

November 29, 2021

In the past, contact lenses like these have been contaminated with harmful bacteria.

US map showing percent change in predicted 12 Month-ending Count of Drug Overdose Deaths, by Jurisdiction: April 2020 to April 2021

November 22, 2021: 100,000 People Lost To Drugs Between April 2020 And 2021

November 22, 2021

Drug deaths in the twelve months ending in April 2021 increased 28% over the same period the previous year. The tragic increase is fueled by fentanyl and its analogues being added to the entire spectrum of illicit drugs.

November 15, 2021: Feds indict alleged fake cough syrup ring in Texas

November 15, 2021

Federal authorities have indicted nine Texans who allegedly sold almost $53 million in counterfeit cough syrup over the last seven years. Learn more about this case and catch up on the rest of this week’s counterfeit medicine news.

Criminals in the US are still making fake pills with pill presses. What should state legislatures do about it?

November 9, 2021

As counterfeit pills made with dangerous substances proliferate in the U.S., lawmakers and regulators are grappling with whether stronger penalties for the misuse of pill presses or tighter control of the machines would deter homegrown pill makers. We have looked at this issue and here’s what we found.

November 8, 2021: Mexico makes largest fentanyl seizure ever

November 8, 2021

The Mexican army estimated that the bust may disrupt the production of about 70 million of the blue fentanyl pills every month. Catch up on all of last week’s news about counterfeit medicine.

Illinois Is the 20th State Where Fake Adderall Has Been Seized

November 4, 2021

An investigation by the Kane County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service led to the seizure of over two pounds of counterfeit Adderall pills that tested positive for methamphetamine.

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November 1, 2021 : Feds and Europol Disrupt Darknet Drug Sales

November 1, 2021

Operation Dark HunTor stopped Darknet sellers in seven states and Washington D.C. Click here for links to this and 29 other stories about fakes medicine.

A dealer on social media killed someone in Nevada, too.

October 28, 2021

The death of a Nevada resident who took a fake pill from an alleged Snapchat dealer brings PSM’s tally of states with deaths tied to the platform to 13. It’s indicative of a problem across the whole internet.

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October 25, 2021: Some Cleveland Clinic employees got COVID after a company supplied them with 400K N95 masks.

October 25, 2021

A Pennsylvania company is being investigated for selling fake N95 masks to as many as 20 medical facilities across the country—including the Cleveland Clinic. Catch up on this story and more of last week’s safe medicines news.

The Evolving Role of Chinese Manufacturers and Criminal Gangs in the U.S. Fake Fentanyl Pill Epidemic

October 20, 2021

The United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission’s newest report found Chinese companies adapting to a changing legal framework to maintain their prominent status as suppliers, and even venturing into money-laundering services for Mexican drug trafficking organizations