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How Federal Agents Caught Two Ukrainian Drug Counterfeiters

December 2, 2020
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How Federal Agents Caught Two Ukrainian Drug Counterfeiters Watch our video about this case. Would you fly 6,000 miles to meet with a stranger who could be your new literal partner in crime? In April 2019, two Ukrainians did just that. While they dreamed of getting their counterfeit medicines into the legitimate U.S. drug supply chain, that dream was thwarted...

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Maine’s Medicaid program analysis shows the truth: importing medicine from Canada would cost more, not less.

December 1, 2020
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Maine’s Medicaid program analysis shows the truth: importing medicine from Canada would cost more, not less. As of 2019, almost 20% of Maine residents received part of their healthcare coverage from MaineCare, Maine’s Medicaid program. The numbers may be larger now, since Maine added almost 65,000 people to MaineCare via Medicaid expansion beginning in early 2019. That’s a sizable number,...

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Statement on Litigation Challenging Legality of Administration’s Final Rule Permitting State-Sponsored Drug Importation From Canada

November 23, 2020
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 23, 2020) – Today, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), Partnership for Safe Medicines (PSM) and Council for Affordable Health Coverage (CAHC) initiated litigation in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia challenging action by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) permitting pharmacists and...

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Why We’re Suing the Federal Government to Preserve Public Health and Safety

November 23, 2020
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Until September 24, 2020, every head of the Department of Health and Human Services, supported by every head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, since 2003 had refused to certify the safety of bulk drug importation from Canada.[1] This was not a partisan issue. Both Republican and Democratic administration public health leaders opposed it. Many—including HHS Secretary Alex Azar,[2]...

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Counterfeit Medicine News for the Week of November 16, 2020

November 23, 2020
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Counterfeit Medicine News for the Week of November 16, 2020 DOJ received a permanent injunction to stop the sale of Natural Solutions’ fake treatment. COVID-19 counterfeits and fraud: The New York Times examined the N95 mask market over the last seven months, discussing, among other things, counterfeits and covid-scams that have threatened our frontline workers. The Department of Justice received...

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Counterfeit Medicine News for the Week of November 9, 2020

November 16, 2020
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Counterfeit Medicine News for the Week of November 9, 2020 Policy: At the end of October, New Mexico released a draft of the state importation plan it will be sending to the U.S. Department of Health Human Services for approval on December 15th. Our two-minute summary video is on the right or watch our seven-minute video and read the accompanying...

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An Analysis Of New Mexico’s Draft Canadian Drug Importation Plan

November 12, 2020
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An Analysis Of New Mexico’s Draft Canadian Drug Importation Plan Eight states are in the process of planning their Canadian importation plans and New Mexico has published a draft of the plan they will send to HHS by December 15th. We analyzed what this plan will mean for the pharmacists of New Mexico. And since this is likely to resemble...

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Counterfeit Medicine News for the Week of November 2, 2020

November 9, 2020
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Counterfeit Medicine News for the Week of November 2, 2020 COVID-19 counterfeits and fraud: The FDA warned a business in Lansing, Michigan to stop promoting “Dissolve BioActive Silicate” and silver products as treatments to cure or prevent COVID-19. It also sent a warning letter to a pharmaceutical company in Emeryville, California that claimed their eye care products would protect against...

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Jake Beddoe Sheltered from COVID-19, Only to Die from Fake Xanax

November 6, 2020
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Jake Beddoe Sheltered from COVID-19, Only to Die from Fake Xanax Download a printable version of Jake’s story here. Jake Beddoe was killed by counterfeit Xanax made with fentanyl on May 27, 2020. Seeking a good night’s sleep, 25-year-old Jake Beddoe, a young travel consultant with an adventurous heart and a tremendous sense of humor, took part of what he...

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Counterfeit Medicine News for the Week of October 26, 2020

November 4, 2020
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Counterfeit Medicine News for the Week of October 26, 2020 Follow state importation news in New Mexico. Policy: New Mexico’s Department of Health released a draft of its application to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on October 29, 2020. Bookmark our Drug Importation in New Mexico page to keep an eye on our ongoing analysis of the...

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