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Importation 101 for 2021

December 14, 2020
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Are you an advocate or legislator considering whether to pursue Canadian drug importation in 2021? Watch Importation 101 to learn the basics and get an update on states that have been trying to start importation programs. Importation 101 for 2021 With the approval of the final rule for state drug importation programs (SIPs) last September, advocates and legislators are considering...

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Counterfeit Medicine News for the Week of December 7, 2020

December 14, 2020
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Counterfeit Medicine News for the week of December 7, 2020 COVID-19 counterfeits and fraud: Counterfeit COVID-19 test kits seized at San Diego International Airport on December 1, 2020. (Source: CBP) University of California at San Diego professor Dr. Timothy Mackey advised U.S. residents to be on guard against COVID-19 vaccine scams, warning that there are no legitimate vaccines for sale...

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PSM Applauds Senate Passage of the Safeguarding Therapeutics Act

December 9, 2020
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Boxes of masks seized in Chicago

The Partnership for Safe Medicines (PSM) applauds the passage of H.R. 5663 – the Safeguarding Therapeutics Act. The bipartisan bill, introduced by Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02-R) and Congressman Eliot Engel (NY-16-D), was passed via unanimous consent in the Senate on December 8th. Counterfeit medicines and medical supplies are not a new phenomenon. Over the years, PSM has witnessed individuals and...

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Canada’s Actions a Death-Knell for Drug Importation in Florida

December 9, 2020
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This editorial by the Sun Sentinel Editorial Board was published in The Sun Sentinel on December 9, 2020. The Editorial Board consists of Editorial Page Editor Rosemary O’Hara, Dan Sweeney, Steve Bousquet and Editor-in-Chief Julie Anderson.   There Go Those Cheaper Drugs. Remember Florida’s plan to save money by importing prescription drugs in bulk from Canada? Forget it. Canada’s health...

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Counterfeit fentanyl pills in Hawaii

December 8, 2020
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Counterfeit fentanyl pills in Hawaii Click here to read PSM’s Fentanyl 101. Since 2012, drug traffickers have been selling North Americans counterfeit medications made from fentanyl, a dangerous painkiller 25-40 times stronger than heroin, and even stronger synthetic opioids like carfentanil. The problem has spread to all 50 states, and many Americans have suffered overdoses and death because the drugs...

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Counterfeit Medicine News for the Weeks of November 23 and 30, 2020

December 8, 2020
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Counterfeit Medicine News for the weeks of November 23 and 30, 2020 Watch our video about Canada’s response to drug importation schemes. Policy: Florida submitted its application to HHS for permission to run a Canadian importation program on November 23, 2020. On November 27, 2020, Canadian Health Minister Patricia Hajdu signed an order prohibiting the export of medicines intended for...

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Canadian writer applauds country’s effort to protect its drug supply

December 4, 2020
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Source: Washington Blade/Damien Salas This editorial, written by Earl D. Fowlkes Jr., appeared in the Washington Blade on December 4, 2020. Fowlkes is the president and CEO of the Center for Black Equity.   Importing Drugs Endangers Lives On most issues, Democrats and Republicans remain deeply divided. But there’s one policy that unites both parties — prescription drug importation. Earlier...

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Organizer explains why drug importation is dangerous and “doomed to fail”

December 4, 2020
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Source: Washington Blade/Damien Salas This editorial, written by Earl D. Fowlkes Jr., appeared in the Washington Blade on December 4, 2020. Fowlkes is the president and CEO of the Center for Black Equity.   Importing Drugs Endangers Lives On most issues, Democrats and Republicans remain deeply divided. But there’s one policy that unites both parties — prescription drug importation. Earlier...

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Importation was “a waste of valuable federal and state tax dollars,” says fiscally-focused advocacy group

December 4, 2020
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This editorial by Elizabeth Wright was published on the Citizens Against Government Waste website on December 2, 2020. Wright is the organization’s Director of Health and Science Policy. Canada Says Drug Imports Are Not Happening For several years, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) has warned state governors and their legislatures that trying to set up a system to import supposedly...

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New Mexico public hearing on Canadian Drug Importation (Dec. 2, 2020)

December 3, 2020
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On Tuesday, December 2, 2020, New Mexico conducted their one and only public hearing on their plan to import medicine from Canada (over Canada’s objections). PSM’s executive director, Shabbir Imber Safdar, testified about the problems with New Mexico’s draft plan. Watch our video (at right) and read the accompanying blog to hear our analysis of New Mexico’s draft application.  ...

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