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Communication / Conference: Counterfeit Fentanyl has invaded the United States these two last years causing multiple fatalities

Communication / Conference: Counterfeit Fentanyl has invaded the United States these two last years causing multiple fatalities


Source: Partnership for Safe Medicines


In a report issued by The Partnership for Safe Medicines in September 2017, we can see the terrible scourge of counterfeit medicines containing the deadly ingredient fentanyl, most often illegally imported, that have impacted 40 States in the past two years. These drugs are tied to deaths in more than a dozen states.


Counterfeit pills made with fentanyl are made into fake opioids, like OxyContin, but they are also now made into fake Xanax and non-opioid pill shapes.


"There is a global counterfeit drug crisis, and this is a lucrative business for counterfeiters who are buying cheap, illegal fentanyl from Chinese suppliers and shipping it into the U.S., often via the mail," said Dr. Marvin Shepherd, chairman of the PSM Board and former director of the Center for Pharmacoeconomic Studies at the University of Texas at Austin’s College of Pharmacy.


Report: Counterfeit Medications Containing Deadly Fentanyl Have Been Found in 40 States, issue September 25, 2017.


Counterfeit Fentanyl has invaded the United States these two last years causing multiple fatalities
Photo : The Partnership for SafeMedicines

 

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