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#covidscams episode for April 8, 2020: LegitScript report, fake cures, fake testing sites, and covidscam bingo!

April 8, 2020
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COVID-19 Scams Video Update, April 8, 2020 In this edition: Read LegitScript’s comprehensive report on COVID-19 cyberscams. Learn about the United Kingdom man accused of selling fake COVID-19 cures and the seven law enforcement agencies in two continents it took to stop him: British Man Charged With Shipping Mislabeled and Unapproved ‘Treatments’ for Patients Suffering From COVID-19 (U.S. Customs and...

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Avoid COVID scams by buying medicine safely – Read our tips in English and en Español

April 7, 2020
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Download our guide, AVOID SCAMS & COUNTERFEITS: Quick Tips to Safely Purchase Medicines Online (in English | en Español) to learn more about how to protect yourself and your loved ones from fake COVID-19 treatments.

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COVID-19 Scams Video Update, March 30, 2020

April 1, 2020
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COVID-19 Scams Video Update, March 30, 2020 In this edition: Rise of Fake ‘Corona Cures’ Revealed in Global Counterfeit Medicine Operation (Europol, March 21, 2020) Toronto Man Shipped Fake ‘COVID-19 Testing Kits’ Across North America: Police (CTV News, March 27, 2020) FDA Letter to Stakeholders: Do Not Use Chloroquine Phosphate Intended for Fish as Treatment for COVID-19 in Humans (FDA,...

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Counterfeit Surgical Masks Seized During Operation Pangea, Fake COVID-19 Test Kits Seized by CBP

March 31, 2020
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Europol reports that Operation Pangea found more than 34,000 bogus surgical masks among the 4.4 million illicit pharmaceuticals and 37,000 counterfeit medical devices seized during their seven-day global effort to target counterfeit drug crime.  Operation Pangea, which is a worldwide, annual law enforcement effort to eliminate the sale of counterfeit medicines and medical devices, took place in the first week...

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FDA Alert: Do Not Use Chloroquine Phosphate Intended for Fish as Treatment for COVID-19 in Humans

March 27, 2020
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This is a reprint of an FDA Alert. FDA Letter to Stakeholders: Do Not Use Chloroquine Phosphate Intended for Fish as Treatment for COVID-19 in Humans March 27, 2020 Dear Stakeholder, The FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine has recently become aware that some consumers may mistake chloroquine phosphate used to treat disease in aquarium fish for FDA-approved drugs (used to...

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LA City Attorney Mike Feurer Warns Consumers about Coronavirus Fraud

March 26, 2020
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On March 13th, LA City Attorney Mike Feurer and District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced a joint Coronavirus Task Force, and warned Los Angeles residents about cases of fraud involving COVID-19 treatments, vaccines, and tests.  According to the LA City Attorney’s Office, they have taken action to remove Internet ads that made false claims about COVID-19 prevention and treatment. The Food...

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COVID-19-Resources

March 24, 2020

Avoid #covidscams – A Partnership for Safe Medicines Public Education Campaign Read our COVID-19 safety tips in English or Spanish to learn more. Avoid #COVIDScams and Counterfeiters: Tips to Purchase Medicine Safely Ask your pharmacist about how much medicine you should buy: hoarding can create unnecessary shortages. If you are experiencing hardship contact NeedyMeds, RX Outreach and Medicine Assistance Tool...

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Eight Surprising Things We Learned from Reading the 1,200 Comments Filed with the FDA on Canadian Drug Importation

March 23, 2020
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Source: Wikimedia commons During the 78 days that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) accepted public comment on the proposed rulemaking that would allow states to establish drug importation programs, individuals and organizations submitted 1,210 comments, and the Partnership for Safe Medicines read each of them. Below is a list of some of the key takeaways: Probably one...

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Executive Director of Colon Cancer Association Warns Against “Ill-Considered Drug Importation Scheme”

March 23, 2020
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Source: Linkedin. This editorial by Andrew Spiegel was published in The International Business Times on March 23, 2020. Mr. Spiegel is executive director of the Global Colon Cancer Association and Chair of the World Patient Alliance. President Trump, Price Controls Can’t Combat Coronavirus The U.S. outbreak of novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has quickly evolved into a national nightmare. Stock markets are...

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Drug Counterfeiters Never Sleep: How Fake Drug Makers and Other Scammers are Exploiting COVID-19

March 18, 2020
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Source: FDA Since the first cases of COVID-19 surfaced in the United States in mid-January, counterfeiters and profiteers have offered the public fake treatments and unfounded advice. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warned seven different companies on March 9th about their sales of so-called treatments to cure COVID-19. FTC Chairman Joe Simons expressed...

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