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“5 Ways” consumer bookmark

February 19, 2020
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Download our “5 Ways” Consumer Bookmark for a quick reference about how to protect yourself from counterfeit medicine.  

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Policy Resolution, January 8, 2020

February 18, 2020
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The following policy resolution was passed unanimously at the Jan. 8, 2020 board meeting in Washington DC. The governing board of the Partnership for Safe Medicines votes today to reiterate that the Partnership is organized to focus entirely of the safety of medicine as it travels through the supply chain, as we have since our founding sixteen years ago. To...

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Resources for organizers fighting dangerous Canadian drug importation

February 11, 2020
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Resources for organizers on the HHS Canadian drug importation comment period Ways you can help spread the word Submit your own comments or tell people to go to http://safedr.ug/takeaction to submit their own. Email your community and ask them to comment. Follow us on Facebook and share our calls-to-action with your community. Resources Read PSM’s comment on HHS’s proposed rule...

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PSM files comments on HHS’s proposed Canadian drug importation rules; cites danger to patients

February 11, 2020
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A bottle of poison pills casts a shadow over a map of the U.S.

PSM files comments on HHS’s proposed Canadian drug importation rules; cites danger to patients Today The Partnership for Safe Medicines filed comments with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) about the dangers posed by its draft regulations for state programs which would import medicine from Canada. The comments: cite historic problems with and patient harm from Canadian vendors...

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Counterfeit Medicines Are a Problem in the European Union—A Problem that is Continuing to Grow

February 9, 2020
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Source: Wikimedia Commons 46 people were arrested in Cyprus, Finland, France, Hungary, Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom in October 2019 for being members of six different organized crime gangs that sold counterfeit prescription medicines, according to a recent Europol press release. Finnish and French authorities spearheaded the police action, with eleven other European Union (EU) member states participating.  The...

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Colorado – Can You Trust Medicine Imported from just ANYWHERE?

February 7, 2020

Can You Trust Medicine Imported from ANYWHERE in the world? In 2019, Colorado passed legislation to allow the bulk importation of prescription drugs from Canada. The plan was already an unworkable and dangerous idea, which is now being made worse by some lawmakers who want to expand this allowance to import from countries all over the world – including, but...

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Security Breach Illustrates Another Danger of Fake Online Pharmacies

January 30, 2020
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Planet Drugs Direct, an online pharmacy based in Winnipeg, Canada, has announced a data breach. Hackers broke into their servers, exposing customers’ names, medical details, and contact and banking information, reports Bleeping Computer. The report came in the form of an email sent to some of Planet Drugs Direct’s customers. According to the email, which Bleeping Computer shared, customers have...

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Infographic: Counterfeiting By The Numbers

January 30, 2020
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Download Counterfeiting by the Numbers In January 2020, The U.S. Department of Homeland Security released Combating Trafficking in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods. The report documents the extraordinary scale of the global counterfeiting market and its effects across all economic sectors—including medicines. Counterfeits are ubiquitous across the whole world, including the U.S., and they are a threat to national, public safety,...

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PSM Statement on the passage of S.3201, which extends the DEA’s temporary scheduling of fentanyl-related substances as Schedule I for 15 months.

January 29, 2020
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The Partnership for Safe Medicines (PSM) stands with our law enforcement partners in commending the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives for their swift passage of S.3201, which would extend the DEA’s temporary scheduling of fentanyl-related substances to be Schedule I controlled substances for an additional 15 months. Without this reauthorization, criminals could go back to creating a...

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New Jersey Enacts Increased Penalties for Counterfeit Drug Crimes

January 21, 2020
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The Governor of New Jersey has just signed A-5037, a new law designed to increase penalties for counterfeit drug crimes committed in the state, reports the New Jersey Patch.  According to the text of the law, A-5037 “enhances penalties related to counterfeit drugs.” The new law classifies counterfeit drug crimes as crimes of the second degree.  Civil penalties upon conviction...

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