Police Stop Woman on Street Selling Counterfeits

7 12 2015

150515_2020_2_1014_16x9_992I was looking at counterfeit drug videos today and found one from ABC news posted this past summer about a women on the street allegedly selling counterfeit prescription drugs in LA.

Please click HERE to watch the short video.

She says she wasn’t selling any and then they even ask her if she is worried about her customers taking these and she flat out says, “no” while shaking her head. He continued to ask her, “are you worried about the medicine?” She was then silent. Investigators say she’s likely part of something much larger. They believe foreign counterfeiters are supplying her. Then the reporter asks, “how much money do you make in a week?” She said about $800 or $600 a week. The policeman then says that it’s a lie. To which he says, she easily makes $1,000 in a week.

People are saying they are having reactions to the drugs she gave them and they think it’s safe because it has the company’s info on it and the woman is older – they trust her. So they believe it’s from that company and it’s safe. You need to be careful with what you buy and where you buy it from! Be smart.

Here is a transcript from the video clip if you’d like to read it, I copied it from ABC…

Transcript for To Catch a Fake: Find Out the Dangers of Counterfeit Merchandise
Next tonight our yearlong investigation more than a trillion dollar industry counterfeit goods you might not know even half we certainly did. We’ve got access to the secret warehouses all over this country just like the one you see here behind me seizing counterfeit goods prescriptions that can easily end up in your medicine cabinet. Tonight a first look here one family and the air bags in their car they had no idea it was counterfeit. Tonight investigators will reveal too was to counterfeit goods in every corner of our home. What to look for in your Smartphone the bike helmets to toothpaste with antifreeze. And the make up what’s really inside and this suburban family stunned by their air bag and our test. Tied it with a Larson’s for full from California and Bob this is my way examined the Larson’s reaching out to lust. Standing in front of their used car they bought it knowing they needed to replace the air bag. But what they didn’t know was at the air bag they bought online. Was from this guy thing the man who owned this home and Indian trail North Carolina. Who tonight is behind bars the man accused of selling fake car parts look at what investigators say they found in Igor boarding home. More than 15100 fake airbags. 60000 dollars in cash hidden in the walls. Authorities say he sold one point seven million dollars were on eBay calling himself airbag pros labeled a top rated seller. We felt later the guy who had told us some drivers. But air bags had social bum bags we offered a total lotions car to an authorized dealer to have their airbag replaced with a authorized Honda replacement. And we were about to testy airbags they’ve been riding around with first set off a real airbags. And now these air bag that was in the Larson’s car to war and and Sean Armstrong shrapnel news had a fist full plastic. We have a piece of the airbag cover over here. Probably about forty feet from the actual explosion on the air. Do you imagine this being in the driver’s. Face of a car. That’s just one moment in this hour tonight the investigation breaks just hours from now in tonight to see what we found in the make up. The bike helmets the Smartphones and those storefronts that all say Canada drug so many Americans looking for cheaper medication. But did any of it come from Canada. And what was really inside the medicine when it arrived our special 20/20 to catch a fake that’s tonight at 10 PM eastern I’ll see right here a little later.

Dr. Oz Talks Counterfeits On His Show

4 04 2014

It has been since the end of January that I have written a post on here! I’ve been super busy. I started EMT training and that takes a lot of my time. I finally have a few minutes and I searched for some news articles and found one that I thought was pretty interesting. Two days ago, Dr. OZ talked about how to avoid counterfeit drugs on his show! It was very informative. I highly suggest you watch it.


Dr. Oz said counterfeit drugs have flooded the U.S. market, so you could be taking fake “impostor” pills made from dirty factories. Most of these drugs can contain deadly or just plain “everyday” ingredients like chalk, talcum powder, car paint, floor wax, rat droppings, etc. On the show, his guests were Elizabeth Jungman, who is the director of drug safety at the Pew Charitable Trusts, and economist Dr. Roger Bate, an expert on drug quality.

“What is most alarming is that they look almost identical to their counterfeit parts” – Dr. Oz.

“Primarily over the internet, is where you find fake drugs.” – Roger Bate

“counterfeiters are targeting consumers largely online. A recent study found that out o f 1,000 pharmacies about 97% of them were problematic. 88% of those weren’t even asking for a prescription.” – Elizabeth Jungman

To watch the show, click HERE or watch it on YOUTUBE (pt. 1) and YOUTUBE (pt. 2)!

To avoid counterfeits:

  • Purchase only from online pharmacies that are VIPPS approved and use pharmacychecker.com. Do not believe the seal you see on a website
  • Don’t answer spam emails!
  • Avoid online pharmacies that don’t require a prescription and price too good to be true.
  • Don’t buy drugs from online pharmacies that you cannot reach by phone. They don’t answer normally and that’s the first sign.

Check Yourself

2 01 2014

As I am looking for articles on counterfeits, I keep finding news articles about how they are on the rise. Last year, we saw the fake Avastin (cancer drug) come in to the USA. We were warned by the FDA on other medications. Most of these stem from purchasing drugs online. Before purchasing online check yourself. If it’s too good to be true, 99.9% of the time it is. If the web page is verified, don’t buy from it. Your health and livelihood are not good to gamble with.

The most recent counterfeit drug articles are headlined with:

Be careful this year when purchasing drugs. Be aware and share this information to anyone and everyone you know. It is estimated $75 billion worth of counterfeit drugs were unknowingly purchased last year. One article that I liked talked about how counterfeit drugs are one of the top concerns in 2014. This is according to PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Health Research Institute that recently issued a report listing 10 issues that will reshape the healthcare industry next year, including several health IT issues. I hope this will come to fruition and counterfeits will dwindle year by year.

A Very Real Threat

8 12 2013

“People don’t die from carrying a handbag or wearing a fake t-shirt. They can die from taking counterfeit medication.” – Howard Zucker.

Fakes Flooding Zimbabwe

27 10 2013

According to the WHO (World Health Organization), about 100,000 deaths per year are linked to the counterfeit drug trade in Africa. Since there are drug shortages in the hospitals, counterfeits are flooding the Zimbabwe market from places such as Zambia, Tanzania, South Africa, and even as far as Asia. They consist of consignments of fake anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs – used to treat HIV), expired medications, and sexual enhancing pills. They’re being sold in flea markets, hair salons, and the day-to-day workplace.

Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe spokesperson Richard Rukwata said “The medicines could be counterfeited, meaning that they might not have the correct active ingredient, or may have too much of it; therefore there is the risk of overdose. Some of them may not have any active ingredient at all, therefore money will be wasted buying them since the so-called medicines would not have any curative effect. ” Then he went on to say that people selling the medicines are not trained in the use and administration of medicines and may claim that the medicines work for a particular condition when in fact they are meant for other conditions. He also said, “The authority does receive reports of the sale of medicines from unlicensed premises by unlicensed persons and always encourages members of the public to refrain from purchasing medicines from such places.”

If a medicine is used for something that it is not intended for, as Rukwata says, “the medicines become as dangerous as poison.” The counterfeits are like ammunition over there, meaning they are easily available. I’d say if we were to name them in America, ammunition would definitely not be the correct word, they’d be more like cheeseburgers. This is a very lucrative business and is flooding in every market imaginable. No one is immune to this.

A Pile of Counterfeits

17 10 2013

While searching for news articles on counterfeits, I came across a disturbing picture. Some of you may have seen this before. In all honesty, this is pretty scary. This picture was taken March 14 and is showing a Chinese policeman treading through a pile of counterfeits that were seized in Beijing. These drugs were destroyed! Don’t worry. China is the biggest source of counterfeits and the illicit trade is now believed to be worth around 75 billion USD.



Fake Friends

23 07 2013

International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA) has posted a short video on their website that describes the dangers of counterfeit drugs through the mouth of a genuine pill. The IFPMA advocates policies that encourage discovery of and access to life-saving and life-enhancing medicines to improve the health of people everywhere.

  • They can be called spurious, falsified, falsely-labeled, fake, or my favorite counterfeit. They all are the same.
  • 124 countries have been impacted by these impostors with over 530 different products that have been counterfeited!
  • Sold on streets, websites, and even in pharmacies.
  • They increase resistance to treatment, illness, disability, and even death.

Every day, fake medicines find their way into online and physical pharmacies, hospitals, and street markets. This plague knows no borders. In the best case scenario, fake medicines leave patients with no side-effects but also without a cure. In many other cases, however, they can kill people. We have to get smarter than the criminals to put a stop to this silent public health threat. This video stars a genuine pill who explains the danger of fake medicines and their impact on our societies. Patients, nurses, doctors, pharmacists, carers, regulators, and policy makers need to be on the lookout, and everybody needs to better understand the danger of fake medicines and how to stay safe. Please help us raise awareness on fake medicines by sharing this video, tweeting it, talking about it, and showing it to the people that you care about… and tell us what you think about it.