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Are below cost reimbursement practices by Pharmacy Benefit Managers creating opportunity for criminals to enter the legitimate supply chain?

February 5, 2024
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PBMs, by under reimbursing pharmacies, are creating a demand for pharmacies to seek lower priced medications even when they can’t exist at that price.. Criminals appear to be happy to become part of the supply chain.

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Cover of U.S. Senate Committee report: The Silent Epidemic: Fentanyl And Older Americans

December 18, 2023: U.S. seniors are also dying from fentanyl, says Senate report

December 18, 2023
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Overdose deaths among Americans 65 and older quadrupled over the last 20 years. A Brooklyn man pleaded guilty to selling second hand HIV drugs to local pharmacies. The FDA explained “What You Should Know about Eye Drops.” More domestic and global news about counterfeits.

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December 11, 2023: Criminals exploit American patients and professionals with black market medicine schemes

December 11, 2023
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A CNBC story covered details about Lazaro Hernandez’s $230 million HIV drug diversion scheme. A recent survey showed that Americans don’t understand online pharmacy safety. More news about counterfeit medicines across the globe.

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A closeup of brightly colored supplement bottles with "Neptune's Fix" labels

December 4, 2023: Unregulated “gas station” supplements continue to endanger Americans

December 4, 2023
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Neptune’s Fix tianeptine products have caused fainting and seizures. A study in California found unlisted Viagra or Cialis in 67% of over-the-counter sexual performance supplements. Additional news about fake oxycodone in Mexican pharmacies and other counterfeit medicines in the U.S. and overseas.

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Health Canada shares resources about fake online pharmacies

November 29, 2023
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It isn’t just U.S. regulators that warn against ordering medicines from unlicensed pharmacies. Canadian regulators have the same concerns about the safety of unapproved medical products.

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October 30, 2023: More contaminated eye drops found on retail shelves

October 30, 2023
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FDA warned about contamination in 26 different over-the-counter eye drops. Ten New York residents were indicted in another black market HIV medicine scheme. Additional stories in California, Florida, and Texas.

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Google search results for retatrutide

October 23, 2023: Even drugs in development are at risk for counterfeiting

October 23, 2023
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Sketchy online vendors are selling “retatrutide” even though it’s still in clinical trials. A man who sold U.S. pharmacies secondhand prescription medicines was sentenced. Domestic and international stories about fake drugs.

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October 2, 2023: After deaths overseas, the FDA is working to protect Americans from toxic cough syrup.

October 2, 2023
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The FDA is cracking down on lax safety testing of raw drug ingredients. Major players in HIV drug and cough syrup counterfeiting schemes pleaded guilty in federal court.

Counterfeit Avastin in Pakistan blinded over 70 retinopathy patients.

CBP at JFK Airport intercepted 14 pairs of pill press dies. Additional news about illicit pill presses in five states.

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September 18, 2023: USFDA concerned that eight companies, including two pharmacies, are illegally marketing unapproved ophthalmic drug products

September 18, 2023
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USFDA is concerned that eight companies, including two pharmacies, are illegally marketing unapproved ophthalmic drug products that pose a heightened risk to users. Counterfeit pills make the DHS’ threat assessment list for 2024.

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A Facebook post offering Saxenda for sale.

May 1, 2023: British Columbia enacts regulations to stop Ozempic exports

May 1, 2023
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Canada resists the U.S. pilfering its drug supply. Officials warn about semaglutide sales on social media, a dangerous appetite supplement and black market cosmetic injectables. A California doctor will pay over a million for treating patients with illegally purchased drugs. More reports of tainted cough syrup, and news about fake pills made of fentanyl and other drugs in 20 states.

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