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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.

Partnership For Safe Medicines Urges Passage of the STOP Act to Increase Inspections for Dangerous Synthetic Opioids

May 24, 2018

Partnership For Safe Medicines Urges Passage of the STOP Act to Increase Inspections for Dangerous Synthetic Opioids Legislation will increase surveillance of primary smuggling route for fentanyl WASHINGTON (May 24, 2018) – The Partnership for Safe Medicines (PSM) today urged passage of the Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention Act of 2017 (S.372), also known as…

Recent Stories Of Counterfeit Pills From Mississippi, Georgia, and Florida

May 22, 2018

Three recent stories – from Mississippi, Georgia, and Florida – show the counterfeit pain and anti-anxiety pills are still a major danger to residents along the Gulf Coast…

Counterfeit Pills Still Being Found Despite DEA Successes In Seizing Precursor Ingredients

May 18, 2018

Three news stories recently out of Arizona show that despite the DEA taking over 120,000 counterfeit fentanyl pills off the streets in 2017, police keep finding more and seizures of a precursor chemical needed to produce fentanyl are up…

Counterfeit Fentanyl Pills Harming Iowa Residents

May 17, 2018

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa issued a warning to residents about counterfeit pills made with fentanyl being sold on the streets around the state. Shortly after this announcement, the DOJ announced guilty pleas from two Waverly residents charged with selling counterfeit pills made with carfentanil and cyclopropyl fentanyl that they purchased off the Internet…

Wholesale Drug Importation From Canada Won’t Lower Prices, But Will Increase Health Risks Says Vermonter

May 16, 2018

By approving the wholesale reimportation of U.S. prescription drugs from Canada, the Vermont Legislature passed an illegal measure that will not lower drug prices. Instead, it will subject Vermonters to public health risks and new taxes to defray an inevitable federal lawsuit.

More Charges in Utah-Based Counterfeit Pills Case

May 14, 2018

An additional individual has been charged for his role in the Pharma-Master counterfeit fentanyl pill ring allegedly run by Utah-resident Aaron Shamo. Jonathan Luke Paz received four charges in federal court…

Research into Fake Online Pharmacy Prosecutions Finds Current Policies Do Little to Stop Them

May 11, 2018

A 2017 legal review conducted by Camille Guerra and Dr. Timothy K. Mackey predates the CanadaDrugs prosecution, however it clearly illustrates the challenges faced by courts in effectively prosecuting illicit online pharmacies

Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies and Partnership for Drug-Free Kids Announce New Coalition

May 11, 2018

The Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies and Partnership for Drug-Free Kids launched MedicineSafe to educate families about medicine safety.

Illegal Pill Factory in Stamford Connecticut Was Producing Thousands of Carfentanil-Laced Fake Percocet Pills

May 10, 2018

A Westover, Connecticut man is under arrest, and authorities there have uncovered a counterfeit Percocet factory in a barn that was producing enough carfentanil pills to kill half the population of Stamford

Fentanyl Pill Counterfeiters In Arkansas, California, and North Carolina Busted

May 9, 2018

Stories of counterfeit pills made with fentanyl keep coming in from across the country. PSM did a quick recap of three stories – one from Arkansas, one from North Carolina, and one from California – that we want to make sure you know about…