News Coverage

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.

FDA Alert: Third Dietary Supplement Sold on Amazon Recalled for Containing Prescription Drug Ingredients

March 28, 2021

On December 17, 2020, FDA issued a press release that warned consumers to avoid certain products found on Amazon, eBay and other retailers due to hidden and potentially dangerous drug ingredients. It also encouraged online marketplaces to ensure these products are not sold on their platforms.

FDA Alert: Second Dietary Supplement Recalled for Containing Prescription Drug Ingredients

March 26, 2021

On December 17, 2020, FDA issued a press release that warned consumers to avoid certain products found on Amazon, eBay and other retailers due to hidden and potentially dangerous drug ingredients. It also encouraged online marketplaces to ensure these products are not sold on their platforms.

FDA Alert: Dietary Supplement Recalled for Containing Prescription Drug Ingredients

March 25, 2021

Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to using these drug products.

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Counterfeit Medicine News for the week of March 15, 2021

March 23, 2021

This week: fake COVID-19 vaccines seized in Mexico, updates on the impact of fentanyl pills in 2020, warnings about counterfeit pills made with methamphetamine and more.

Canadian Drug Importation Stalls

March 23, 2021

The White House approved regulations for state drug importation in late state, green-lighting several states’ efforts to implement importation.

None of them is up and running yet. Check out this week’s video and post for an update.

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Counterfeit Medicine News for the week of March 8, 2021

March 15, 2021

This week: FDA warns against ivermectin as a COVID treatment, a fourth fraudulent pharmaceutical company website, counterfeit pill prosecutions and seizures in seven states.

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Counterfeit Medicine News for the week of March 1, 2021

March 8, 2021

This week: The FDA moves on fake FDA registration certificates and warns Mercola to stop selling supplements with fake COVID claims. The U.S. Attorney in Maryland shuts down another fake pharma phishing site. Counterfeit vaccines in South Africa. Counterfeit pill news in 11 states.

New report from DEA says cartels are driving fake pills, and fake pills are driving drug deaths

March 4, 2021

The annual DEA National Threat Assessment, which covers 2019 and the first half of 2020, is the best source of unclassified data on drug smuggling, illicit substance trafficking, and counterfeit medications as it affects Americans. Watch our News of the Week video at right, or read the high points on our Twitter thread.  Below you’ll…

Nearly One Million Poison Pills in 30 Days: Counterfeit Pills are Fueling U.S. Drug Deaths

March 2, 2021

The CDC says drug deaths are up 24% and the U.S. has seized nearly one million fake pills in the last 30 days.

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Counterfeit Medicine News for the week of February 23, 2021

March 1, 2021

This week: More counterfeit medical masks in Washington; prosecutions in nine states; fentanyl pill poisoning deaths in California, Missouri, New York, North Dakota and Wisconsin; and more.