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Counterfeit Medicine News for the week of January 11, 2021

January 19, 2021
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Counterfeit Medicine News for January 11, 2021 New Report: The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP)’s latest Rogue Rx Activity Report, Risky Dietary Supplements: How Pharmacists Can Help Protect Patients explores the problem of adulterated dietary supplements and suggests that pharmacists have a role to play in educating patients. Texas-based USPLabs, for example, sold supplements that caused heart attacks,...

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#COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

January 19, 2021

Watch out for COVID-19 vaccine scams There has been a huge upsurge in scams since the start of the global COVID-19 outbreak. Fake treatments, fake versions of real treatments, fake medical products including personal protective equipment, and fraud surrounding everything from unemployment payments to business relief aid. COVID-19 vaccines are modern medical miracles produced in record time with a high...

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A Campaign to Spread the Word About Fake Pill Deaths in the Central Valley of California

January 13, 2021
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When the Central Valley Opioid Safety Council contacted us about helping them promote a public safety message about the dangers of counterfeit pills made with fentanyl, of course we said yes. Their 30-second spot featured the family of Travis Jacobson, a young Californian who was tragically killed by a fake Xanax pill that turned out to be lethal. We at PSM...

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Counterfeit Medicine News, December 22, 2020 – January 8, 2021

January 11, 2021
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Counterfeit Medicine News, December 22, 2020 – January 8, 2021 COVID-19 counterfeits and fraud: A warning tweet from Pinellas County’s Health Department. More than 710,000 counterfeit medical masks were seized in the final weeks of  2020: more than 10,000 fake 3M surgical masks in Cincinnati,  more than 200,000 in Phoenix, and  500,000 on their way to healthcare facilities in Minnesota....

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Florida Abandons Its Safety Promises in its Drug Importation Plan

January 11, 2021
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There Is No Safety Safety Guarantee in This Plan In its submission to HHS the state of Florida asserts that it will “not be necessary to perform statutory testing” on imported drugs. This is mind-boggling. The Medicare Prescription Drug Modernization Act of 2003 requires that each batch of prescription drugs be statistically sampled for authenticity and degradation. Florida legislators were...

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Team player Taylor Martinek lost his life to a fake oxycodone

January 7, 2021
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Team player Taylor Martinek lost his life to a fake oxycodone pill Taylor and his dad in his high school years. (Source: Catholic Sentinel) People said Taylor Martinek was a bright light in a dark world, but his light was snuffed out on January 14, 2017 when an oxycodone pill made with fentanyl killed him. His father Brian, a former...

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Methanol-Contaminated Rubbing Alcohol Recalled by FDA

January 4, 2021
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This is a reprint of an FDA Alert. Essaar Inc. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Rubbing Alcohol Contaminated with Methanol When a company announces a recall, market withdrawal, or safety alert, the FDA posts the company’s announcement as a public service. FDA does not endorse either the product or the company. Company Name:Essaar Inc.Company Contact InformationConsumers:Essaar Inc.201-647-7606essaarinc@yahoo.com Company Announcement Essaar...

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Welcome to 2021. Here’s the next 6 months in counterfeit medicine news.

January 4, 2021
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Welcome to 2021 We at PSM are happy to wave goodbye to 2020. If you’re a reporter who covers healthcare and especially public health issues, this is what we think you should be watching for in the next six months of a better 2021. January 2020 National Drug Threat Assessment In January, the Drug Enforcement Administration releases their National Drug...

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Counterfeit Medicine News for the Week of December 14, 2020

December 21, 2020
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Counterfeit Medicine News for the week of December 14, 2020 COVID-19 counterfeits and fraud: Make sure your COVID vaccine is safe and effective.  Learn more. Health Canada and Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer were among many trusted sources warning people not to buy newly approved COVID-19 vaccines online, where organized crime is already offering fakes.  Legitimate COVID-19 vaccines are...

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Are satefy-tested imported drugs still cheaper? No. They are more expensive.

December 14, 2020
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Testing medicine for legitimacy is a complicated process. Across 24 different prescription medicines, the average cost to test a single dose is $2,750. However, ensuring that a batch of 100 pills is 90% certain to be safe requires testing at least 22 pills. Achieving 99.999% certainty requires even more testing, at tremendous expense.  Once you’ve done the required testing, U.S....

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