The “Domain Reform for Unlawful Drug Sellers” or “DRUGS” Act would change that by requiring domain name sellers to lock and suspend websites when regulators or law enforcement show evidence that they are selling drugs illegally.
This would be a game changer for patient safety.
The surge of the omicron variant has left people struggling to find COVID tests and upgrading their face coverings. Read on to find suggestions for both, as well as the rest of the week’s counterfeit medicine news.Read More
A new story in the Wall Street Journal revealed details about the mysterious criminal counterfeiting ring that has been selling fake versions of HIV medications Biktarvy, Symtuza, and Descovy to licensed pharmacies. Read to learn some key things about the crime.Read More
Amidst a shortage of COVID-19 tests that has encouraged fraud and counterfeits, the FTC published guidance about how to avoid purchasing fake home test kits online. Catch up on this and counterfeit drug stories across eight states.Read More
Recent analysis at the CDC found that fentanyl is the leading cause of death for U.S. adults ages 18-45, and fake pills are playing a prominent role: in western states, more than 13% of fentanyl deaths involved counterfeit pills. Catch up on all the news here.Read More
Summary What is already known about this topic? Synthetic opioids, including illicitly manufactured fentanyls (IMFs), were involved in 64% of >100,000 estimated U.S. drug overdose deaths during May 2020-April 2021. What is added by this report? During 2019-2020, IMF-involved overdose deaths increased sharply in midwestern, southern, and western jurisdictions. During 2020, approximately 40% of IMF-involved deaths also involved stimulants, and…Read More
Senators Cassidy and Burr and Representatives Latta and Griffith introduced new legislation to permanently classify fentanyl analogues as Schedule I substances. Temporary scheduling is currently set to expire in February 2022. Catch up on this an 24 more stories in this post.Read More
The Sacramento Bee has been steadily covering counterfeit pills made with fentanyl since 2016, but it has also used the word “overdose” to describe fake pill deaths. PSM and a group of parents asked the paper to change their language so that the public better understands the threat.Read More
A teenager dying in North Dakota bought down a fentanyl conspiracy ring that spanned three nations and two continents.
Watch part 5 to learn about the task force that made this investigation possible.Read More