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Counterfeit HIV drug underscores risks of a weaker drug supply chain, advocate warns.

April 13, 2021
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ADAP Advocacy Association CEO Brandon M. Macsata wrote this editorial, which appeared on the AIDS Drug Assistance Program’s website on April 1, 2021.

The Association first warned constituents that counterfeit Symtuza had been distributed to three U.S. pharmacies in December 2020, when Janssen issued an alert.

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There is no Way to Regulate the Quality of Drugs Imported by American Patients

November 1, 2020
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This editorial by Brandon Macsata was published in The International Business Times on November 1, 2020. Macsata has been living with HIV since 2002, and serves as the CEO of the ADAP Advocacy Association, an organization that promotes the AIDS Drug Assistance Program and works to improve access to care.

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Preventing Rx Medications from becoming the next toilet paper during the Coronavirus Pandemic

September 8, 2020
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If you are taking a life-saving HIV medication right now, or any kind of life saving medication, you may be concerned about how to be certain that your supply of medicine is secure. In this post, William Arnold of the Community Access National Network , PSM’s Shabbir Safdar, and Brandon M. Macsata of ADAP Advocacy Association offer suggestions to help.

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Counterfeit Medicine News for the Week of August 17, 2020

August 25, 2020
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In PSM’s round-up this week: Our infographic summary of the NABP’s May report about fake pharmacies cashing in on COVID-19, ongoing coronavirus fraud, and the week in fake medicine.

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NABP: Rogue Online Pharmacies in the Time of Pandemic: Capitalizing on Misinformation and Fear

August 18, 2020
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In May 2020, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy released Rogue Online Pharmacies in the Time of Pandemic: Capitalizing on Misinformation and Fear. to review how fake online pharmacies were exploiting patients responding to COVID-19.

This month, PSM finished an illustrated summary of NABP’s findings.

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cover of NABP Rogue Rx Activity Report

June 10, 2020 #covidscams video: Fake Online Pharmacies Pivot to COVID-19, says the NABP

June 10, 2020
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This week on #covidscams, PSM reviews the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy’s new report, Rogue Online Pharmacies in the Time of Pandemic: Capitalizing on Misinformation and Fear.

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Still from the May 6 2020 COVID scams video

#covidscams episode for May 6, 2020: Domain Name Reform

May 6, 2020
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Law enforcement is encountering problems kicking COVID-19 scammers offline. Learn how, and how we can fix it.

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ASOP and 40 Patient Organizations Reach Out to Vice President Pence to Put a Stop to #Covidscams

April 15, 2020
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In a letter dated April 9th, the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP) has requested that the Vice President prioritize evidence-based messaging and focus energies on provable therapies for treating COVID-19. The letter also asks the Vice President to address the “systemic, structural Internet policy problems that enable COVID-19 scams online.”

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Eight Surprising Things We Learned from Reading the 1,200 Comments Filed with the FDA on Canadian Drug Importation

March 23, 2020
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For 78 days, the Department of Health and Human Services accepted public comment on the proposed rulemaking that would allow states to establish drug importation programs, individuals and organizations submitted 1,210 comments, and PSM read each of them. Here are what we feel are the most important takeaways…

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DEA Warns that Counterfeit Pills and Fentanyl Continue to Threaten Americans

March 12, 2020
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Each year, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration pools the knowledge of law enforcement agencies around the country to produce its National Drug Threat Assessment. This year, fentanyl, counterfeit prescription pills, and the pill presses are all listed as things that will continue to endanger American lives…

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