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Partnership For Safe Medicines 2019 Congressional Briefings (January 31, 2019)

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Watch the briefing here and see the full agenda: https://www.safemedicines.org/2019/02/2019-congressional-briefings.html

On Thursday, January 31, 2019, victims of counterfeit medicines and their families, local law enforcement, former DEA agents, and other experts in the fight against counterfeit medicines met for a discussion about the widespread impact fake drugs are having on communities and on the enormous burden the problem places on regulators who are responsible for our drug safety.

Since last year's briefing in April 2018, the number of states reporting fake counterfeit medicine laced with fentanyl or fentanyl analogues has risen from 43 to 46. 29 of those states have linked deaths to the drugs.

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Partnership For Safe Medicines 2019 Congressional Briefings (January 31, 2019)

  1. 1. Kenneth L. McCall Pharm.D, BSPharm, Pharm.D., BCGP, RPh, FAPhA Associate Professor | UNE College of Pharmacy Past-President | Maine Pharmacy Association Board Member, The Partnership for Safe Medicines
  2. 2. PSM Members Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy Alaska Pharmacists Association American Association for Homecare American College Health Association American Pharmacists Association American Society of Health System Pharmacists Arizona Pharmacy Association Association for Accessible Medicines Association of Nurses in AIDS Care BioForward Biotechnology Innovation Organization California Life Sciences Association California Pharmacists Association California Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSHP) Colorado BioScience Association Community Access National Network Delaware Pharmacists Society European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) Healthcare Distribution Alliance HealthCare Institute of New Jersey Healthcare Distribution Alliance HealthCare Institute of New Jersey Healthcare Leadership Council The Hispanic Institute Illinois Pharmacists Association Institute for Safe Medication Practices International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations International Health Facility Diversion Association Kidney Cancer Association The Latino Coalition The Life Raft Group Maryland Pharmacists Association Maine Pharmacy Association Maine Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP) Men’s Health Network Minnesota Pharmacists Association Missouri Pharmacy Association National Alliance for Hispanic Health National Alliance On Mental Illness National Association of Chain Drug Stores National Association of Boards of Pharmacy National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators National Association of Manufacturers National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations National Community Pharmacists Association National Consumers League National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry NeedyMeds New York State Council of Health- system Pharmacists (NYSCHP) North Carolina Association of Pharmacists Oklahoma Pharmacists Association Parenteral Drug Association Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Pennsylvania Society of Health- system Pharmacists Pharmaceutical Industry Labor- Management Association (PILMA) Pharmaceutical Security Institute Pharmacist Planning Services, Inc. PhRMA RetireSafe Rx Partnership The Sharing Alliance Spina Bifida Association Texas Pharmacy Association Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists United States Chamber of Commerce University of New England College of Pharmacy University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy Vietnam Veterans of America Virginia Pharmacists Association Vermont Pharmacists Association West Virginia Rx WomenHeart
  3. 3. Briefing Partners ● ADAP Advocacy Association ● Alabama Pharmacy Association ● Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies ● American Pharmacists Association ● BeMedWise ● Coalition for a Secure and Transparent Internet ● Community Access National Network ● Healthcare Institute of New Jersey ● Maryland Pharmacists Association ● Minnesota Pharmacists Association ● National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations ● National Association of Boards of Pharmacy ● National Association of Chain Drug Stores ● National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators ● National Consumers League ● NeedyMeds ● New Mexico Pharmacists Association ● Ohio Pharmacists Association ● Oklahoma Pharmacists Association ● Pharmaceutical Security Institute ● Rx Partnership ● Texas Pharmacy Association
  4. 4. Help Protect Americans ● Help educate Americans about the deadly risks of counterfeit prescription drugs; ● Support the law enforcement entities at the Federal, state, and local level who stop counterfeits; and ● Protect and strengthen our closed secure drug supply chain and never weaken it.
  5. 5. Tosh Ackerman of Aptos, CA The evening of October 27, 2015, 29-year-old Aptos, California resident Tosh Ackerman took a benadryl and part of a Xanax pill to help him sleep. He never woke up, and his girlfriend found him dead the next day. Investigation showed that Ackerman’s Xanax was counterfeit. It contained a fatal dose of fentanyl. 1 Carrie is an active speaker to schools and the media. You can reach her at ToshsStory@gmail.com
  6. 6. Maggie DiVita Crowley, Wellington, FL On the evening of September 1, 2016, in Wellington, Florida, 34-year-old restaurant manager Margaret DiVita Crowley took a single oxycodone pill she had purchased from an acquaintance to deal with her chronic back pain. She died almost instantly of furanyl fentanyl poisoning. 2 Orthopedic surgeon Johnny Benjamin, Jr. made the pill that killed Maggie, using drugs and a pill press he ordered on the internet.
  7. 7. Rick Roberts, San Francisco, CA In 2000, learned that the HGH injections he took to prevent wasting were counterfeit. A wholesaler, “Rekcus,” smuggled it into the legitimate drug supply. After many transactions, it landed at his local pharmacy. The fake drug was a huge threat to his then-precarious health and his piece of mind. “I take over 10,000 pills a year. I depend on prescription drugs to stay alive, and I need them to be safe.”
  8. 8. The threat of imported counterfeit drugs DEA Deputy Assistant Administrator Keith Brown Executive Director Daniel Salter Atlanta-Carolinas HIDTA Sheriff Keith Cain, Daviess County, KY, Member, Board of Directors, National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA), Chairman, NSA Drug Enforcement Committee Sven Bergmann, Senior Advisor Anti-Illicit Trade, PSM January 31st, 2019 Washington, DC
  9. 9. Fentanyl-laced counterfeits Counterfeit Oxycodone Source: Public Health Seattle & King County Counterfeit Percocet Source: Georgia Bureau of Investigations Counterfeit Xanax Source: Yakima Police Department Counterfeit OcyContin Source: Atlanta Law Enforcement / DEA
  10. 10. Fentanyl-laced counterfeit
  11. 11. Fentanyl is driving overdose deaths Data source 1999-2017: CDC searchable database CDC Wonder.
  12. 12. The threat of imported counterfeit drugs DEA Deputy Assistant Administrator Keith Brown Executive Director Daniel Salter Atlanta-Carolinas HIDTA Sheriff Keith Cain, Daviess County, KY, Member, Board of Directors, National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA), Chairman, NSA Drug Enforcement Committee Sven Bergmann, Senior Advisor Anti-Illicit Trade, PSM January 31st, 2019 Washington, DC
  13. 13. Cartels and Counterfeits:  International Organized Crime Brings  Counterfeit Drugs to the United States Moderator: Aaron Graham Executive Director - Brand Safety & Security, Boehringer Ingelheim Panelists: Don Bell Former Canadian Border Patrol Agent Samuel J. Louis Former Assistant United States Attorney Steve Murphy retired DEA Agent Javier Peña retired DEA Agent
  14. 14. Thank You Find all of our materials on fentanyl and counterfeit medications in America at www.safemedicines.org Please sign our 2019 joint letter to the White House and Congress keeping Americans safe from counterfeit medicine.
  15. 15. Get a copy of the counterfeit incidents in your state Alabama counterfeit infosheet Colorado counterfeit infosheet And more, one for nearly every state in the country. See our website www.safemedicines.org under “Policymakers and Media: State counterfeit incident summaries”
  16. 16. Briefing Partners ● ADAP Advocacy Association ● Alabama Pharmacy Association ● Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies ● American Pharmacists Association ● BeMedWise ● Coalition for a Secure and Transparent Internet ● Community Access National Network ● Healthcare Institute of New Jersey ● Maryland Pharmacists Association ● Minnesota Pharmacists Association ● National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations ● National Association of Boards of Pharmacy ● National Association of Chain Drug Stores ● National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators ● National Consumers League ● NeedyMeds ● New Mexico Pharmacists Association ● Ohio Pharmacists Association ● Oklahoma Pharmacists Association ● Pharmaceutical Security Institute ● Rx Partnership ● Texas Pharmacy Association

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