The Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies’ blog profiles efforts to address the growing problem of consumer access to illegitimate pharmaceutical products on the Internet from the perspective of CSIP staff and board members and partners. It is updated on a a regular basis with new information and breaking news stories so be sure to check back often.
Counterfeit drugs pose a significant public health risk to consumers, as they may lack active ingredients or even contain dangerous substances. While counterfeiting is often more prevalent in developing countries, dangerous fake medication can be purchased online, making this a global concern. In an effort to help consumers and health professionals stay safe from the dangers associated with these drugs, researchers and authentication companies are developing viable solutions to help detect counterfeit products. Read More
The death of the artist Prince this past spring from an opioid overdose seemed to be just one more example of a rising public health epidemic. However, a recent report has added another level of concern – the drugs he took to manage chronic pain were counterfeit hydrocodone containing the deadly drug fentanyl. As highlighted in an August blog post for the Partnership for Safe Medicines, the artist “appears to have been a victim of the fentanyl-laced counterfeit pain pill epidemic sweeping the United States.” Read More
This blog post is the second in a two-part series. For part one, click here.
This summer is an ideal time to reflect on our members and their efforts to combat rogue online pharmacies and educate consumers. In the first part of this series, we covered key policies of our registrar members to address the challenge of illegal online pharmacies, more search engine warnings, new helpful resources for consumers, and referrals that were made to law enforcement officials. Below is a recap of the additional hard work of our members, and the positive developments in their fight against illicit online pharmacies: Read More