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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.

FDA Sent Warning Letters To Online Networks Selling Illicit Opioids To Americans

June 7, 2018

The FDA sent nine online networks that operate 53 different websites selling illicit opioids warning letters telling them they must stop illegally marketing to American citizens or face enforcement action…

Mothers of Counterfeit Drug Victims Join Law Enforcement, Pharmacy Experts to Raise Alarm Over Lethal Fentanyl Imports

June 7, 2018

Partnership for Safe Medicines Announces Creation of Fentanyl Council to Spotlight Impact on U.S. Law Enforcement, Explore Proliferation of Pill Presses

Judge Gives South Dakota Man 70 Month Prison Sentence In Fentanyl Pill Case

June 6, 2018

The DOJ recently sentenced Jacob Hubbs of South Dakota to 70-months in federal prison for his role in a conspiracy in which purchased counterfeit pain pills made with fentanyl were distributed in that state and beyond…

Defendant Admits Guilt In Utah Counterfeit Drug Ring Case

June 5, 2018

Mario Noble, one of the defendants charged as a member of the Utah-based counterfeit fentanyl pill operation allegedly run by Aaron Shamo, has admitted his role in the operation in court and is looking for a plea deal…

8,000 Counterfeit Pills Made with Fentanyl Seized in Arizona

June 1, 2018

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office recently concluded an investigation that began in early 2018, ended with the arrest of Octavio Gutierrez-Hernandez and Jorge Bazan, and 8,000 counterfeit fentanyl pills taken off the streets…

Drug Importation Isn’t Safe and It Doesn’t Make Economic Sense, Says PSM President

May 31, 2018

In this May 31, 2018 editorial for The Daily Caller, pharmacoeconomic expert Dr. Marv Shepherd explains the concrete reasons why the importation of drugs from other countries as a means to lowering prices in the U.S. is both unsafe and economically unsound.

Eight Sued By City Of Los Angeles For Allegedly Selling Fake Medicines

May 31, 2018

The city of Los Angeles is continuing its fight against illegal and counterfeit medicines being sold in stores in the area. This investigation brought in over 430,000 illicit doses of fake medicines and saw three lawsuits filed against eight people…

Three Year Sentence Given To Georgia Woman For Selling Counterfeit Pain Pills

May 30, 2018

The DOJ announced that Cathine Lavina Sellers of Roswell, Georgia received a three year prison sentence after she pleaded guilty in court earlier this year to selling counterfeit pills that contained fentanyl, furanyl-fentanyl, and U-47700…

Potential For Fentanyl Exposure Still A Major Threat To Law Enforcement Officers

May 28, 2018

Fentanyl has devastated communities across North America. In this article, we look at two stories about police officers in the U.S. and Canada surviving fentanyl exposures thanks to naloxone and one story about proposed legislation that would help get scanners capable of identifying what something is made of into the hands of state and local law enforcement agencies…

1,500 Counterfeit Fentanyl Pills Netted in Ohio Bust

May 25, 2018

The DOJ indicted three residents of Ohio after they were caught with 1,500 counterfeit oxycodone pills that were made with fentanyl. Gerald Bowerman, Emmet Nelson, and Cortney Williams had just returned from allegedly picking up a new batch of fake pills in Kentucky…