The State of Counterfeits in America in 2018: Forty States and Counting

Published by Texas Pharmacy Association


”ACPE Texas Pharmacy Association (154) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Continuing education will be provided to participants who completed all course requirements.

Description: There have been several major counterfeit scares in America over the past two decades, but nothing like the current crop of fake drugs such as Xanax, hydrocodone, oxycodone, and even ibuprofen made with deadly amounts of fentanyl. At current count these perfectly looking counterfeits have been discovered in over 40 states and kill Americans in over 20 states, according to the Partnership for Safe Medicines. This gripping session will review the state of counterfeits in America and right here at home in Texas. Come take a deep dive into the fentanyl crisis and the emerging threat of fake medications, where they come from, how they make their way to consumers, and what advice you can give to their patients about staying safe.

At the completion of this activity, the pharmacists and technicians will be able to:
1. Describe the presence and growth of counterfeit medications in the U.S.
2. Give examples and the threats of counterfeit medications since 2012 in the U.S.
3. List the difficulties in prosecuting international counterfeiters who reside outside U.S. borders.
4. List the source countries and list the dangers of counterfeit prescription drugs contaminated with fentanyl.
5. Describe the rapid growth of fentanyl laced prescription counterfeit drug products and the ease in which fentanyl powder is getting into the U.S. to make counterfeit prescription drug products.
6. List the fentanyl risks to law enforcement personnel, emergency personnel and first responders.
7. List potential solutions to the spread of counterfeit medications, especially counterfeit medications laced with fentanyl.

This lesson is an application-based CE activity and is targeted to pharmacists and technicians. This program has been approved for 1 contact hour of continuing education credit (0.1 CEU).

Dr. Marv Shepherd
Dr. Marvin Shepherd’s research interests lie in the major areas of the economics of pharmacy services, pharmaceutical marketing, importation of pharmaceuticals, prescription drug diversion, counterfeit medications, managed care pharmacy and pharmacoeconomics. He has an intense interest in conducting research that examines the policies related to drug importation and re-importation, especially from Mexico, the use of drug anti-counterfeiting strategies and techniques for monitoring prescription...More

Originally Published

July 15, 2018

Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

  • The State of Counterfeits in America in 2018: Forty States and Counting - Video
  • The State of Counterfeits in America in 2018: Forty States and Counting - Paper

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