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.
Operation Pangea is an international week of action to stop the online sale of counterfeit drugs. The annual global effort has been in place since 2008 and is coordinated by INTERPOL. Operation Pangea X occurred September 12-18, 2017. This year’s effort was the largest on record, with 197 police, customs, and health regulatory authorities from a record 123 countries, seizing 25 million illicit and counterfeit medicines worldwide. Read More
Every year 1.4 million people in the United States are diagnosed with diabetes. If they are dependent on insulin to keep their blood sugar levels out of dangerous ranges, they are faced with a potentially huge expense. According to a 2016 article in Diabetes Forecast, “by 2020 the global insulin market will top $48 billion” and depending on the availability and type of insurance coverage, the burden on patients and their families is tremendous. Read More
A deadly problem has been quietly taking root in the United States. Illicit fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, is being sold as counterfeit pain medication. Consumers should take heed, as it can be lethal in very small doses, as evident by the death of the singer Prince last year.
According to CNN, counterfeit pills made with fentanyl, but marked as oxycodone or Xanax, can be deadly. Unsuspecting buyers, including patients with severe pain, have no idea what they are really getting from a rogue online pharmacy or a drug dealer. Counterfeit fentanyl is easy to manufacture. Pill presses that are made in China, can be purchased easily and inexpensively online, and they can be used to turn fentanyl powder into pill form to mimic drugs, such as the pain killer, oxycodone, and the anti-anxiety drug, Xanax. Read More