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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.

Jul302018

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

3D printer - free picture from Pixabay

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

May182018

How Understanding Pain Could Curb Opioid Addiction

The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 was passed on April 24, 2018, by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, as a follow up to the 138-page White House report from The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. The aim of the bill and the commission report is to recognize opioid addiction as a national health crisis and to identify mechanisms for treatment and prevention. 

A recent blog post by Susan Sered, Professor of Sociology, Suffolk University, How understanding pain could curb opioid addiction, aims to dig a bit deeper and understand why so many Americans take opioids to begin with – knowing the risk of harm. Understanding root causes of pain – mental or physical – could lead to a more effective pathway to reducing opioid addiction. Dr. Sered discusses the over twenty years of research she has done in this area – looking at causes and influences (medical, sociological, economical, cultural) of pain and the role of Government, the medical community, and all of us in reducing opioid addiction.

Read the full blog post.

Apr252018

CSIP Member Google Promotes DEA ‘Take Back Day’ To Help Combat Opioid Crisis

The Keyword

Google Take Back Day

The following article appeared on Google’s blog, “The Keyword,” on April 25, 2018.

by Susan Molinari, Vice President, Public Policy, Americas

We’re deeply concerned by the opioid crisis that has impacted families in every corner of the United States. We started by thinking about how to bring Google’s technical expertise to help families combat the epidemic. Read More