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The Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies strives to stay on top of the latest topics, trends and developments related to counterfeit online medicines and illegitimate internet pharmacies. This page will also be updated with CSIP happenings, as well as news from our members. Members of the media and others are invited to contact us for additional information.


3D-Printed Pills: Technology-Infused Public Health Solution or Gateway to Counterfeiting?

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3D printing, while still primarily a novel technology, is making a footprint in the food and health industries. From restaurants crafting artistic cuisine, to hospitals making more appealing pureed food for patients with swallowing difficulties, 3D printers are being tested as the latest and greatest industrial kitchen appliance.

It only stands to reason that 3D printing has found its way into other aspects of health – including the pharmaceutical industry. In 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first 3D printed medication that was designed to be more porous and therefore more easily digested by the body. Read More


Cover2Resources Podcast Highlights CSIP and MedicineSafe in Interview with CSIP Executive Director


According to the World Health Organization, “50% of all online prescription medication is actually counterfeit and is even sold by websites that hide their physical address.” Recently CSIP Executive Director, Marjorie Clifton, was interviewed by Greg McNeil of Cover2Resources on the topic of online sales of counterfeit medicines. Greg started Cover2Resources after losing his son to a heroin overdose in 2015.

During the interview Marjorie shared the risks of unregulated online pharmacies, in plain sight and in the Dark Web, and the value of locating safe online sources for purchasing medications so that consumers can better avoid counterfeit and dangerous medications. The VerifyBeforeYouBuy tool, a partnership between CSIP and the MedicineSafe Coalition was also highlighted during the podcast.