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Meizi Evolution Botanical Slimming joins list of products containing sibutramine

The Therapeutic Goods Administration, an Australian regulatory body, last week warned against the use of Meizi Evolution Botanical Slimming, a diet product that TGA tested and found to contain undeclared sibutramine. TGA recommends that anyone using Meizi Evolution stop taking the capsules immediately and return unused portions to a pharmacy for safe disposal. Despite being pulled…

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Brazilian Blowout needs additional regulation, lawmakers tell FDA

Three members of Congress have demanded more action from the Food and Drug Administration to regulate hair-straightening products such as Brazilian Blowout, which has been found to contain excessive amounts of formaldehyde. In a letter sent to the FDA on Tuesday, Reps. Earl Blumenauer, Edward Markey and Jan Schakowsky reiterated complaints lodged in early 2011 over…

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No-prescription Internet pharmacies dangerous to consumers’ health, new study shows

New evidence shows that it’s risky to take prescription medication not prescribed to you. A study looking at the use of a prescription drug purchased by traditional means versus buying online without a prescription found that there were more adverse health effects in the patients ordering from the Internet. Researchers surveyed patients who had obtained the…

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MottoNetwork, PGW Management, EuroMedOnline implicated in multimillion-dollar online drug sales scheme

Ten people — two pharmacists, three physicians and five website operators — were indicted last week in a scheme to sell prescription drugs over the Internet without a valid prescription. The pharmacists, operating from New Jersey and Pennsylvania, are said to have made at least $13 million in the scheme, which began in 2010 and involved…

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NABP report touts global approach in fighting rogue Internet pharmacies

A global collaboration is gaining steam in taking rogue Internet pharmacies offline, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy said in a report released today. In its progress report for state and federal regulators — which can be read in full here — NABP showed that the circle of concern among private and public groups…

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CashAdmin rogue pharmacy network calls it quits

The rogue Internet pharmacy network CashAdmin, which encompasses the Generic4All websites, has thrown in the towel, stating that the so-called Rx industry “has become impossible to manage and maintain.” The people behind this network made the decision after repeatedly having their payment processing disrupted. During Operation Pangea, LegitScript worked with our law enforcement partners and…

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New tools in the fight against counterfeit drugs

A recent innovation from an India-based company aims to protect people from counterfeit drugs and makes it as easy as sending a text message or scanning a bar code. So far, 300 million pharmaceutical packages — both prescription and over-the-counter — have been imprinted with information that consumers can use to check a product’s authenticity,…

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Initiative fights prescription drug abuse in teens

This week marks the launch of the Medicine Abuse Project, which aims to prevent half a million teens from abusing prescription drugs within five years. Among the troubling facts of medicine abuse, from Drugfree.org: One in six teens say they have taken a prescription medicine — that was not prescribed to them — at least…

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Study: LegitScript partnership with registrars works

Intervening at the registrar level to battle spam and Internet scams is an effective tactic, but one that requires “highly focused organizations that work diligently to discover new domains and also can establish credibility or effective pressure across registrars,” researchers concluded in a new study. Citing work done between LegitScript and major domain name registrar…

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Online pharmacy scams: An aging population may be more susceptible

New research suggests that after age 60, the part of our brain that allows us to detect fraud and deceptive advertising begins to deteriorate. Damage to the prefrontal cortex removes the second in a two-step process of “seeing and believing” and then letting doubt sink in. A study released this summer and reported by The Oregonian…

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