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Do You Know How to Spot SARMs?

In April, the US Senate introduced the SARMs Control Act of 2018, which would empower the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to regulate selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMs) as an extension of the Designer Anabolic Steroids Control Act of 2014. Few people understand what SARMs are, and even fewer know how to spot them. This becomes…

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FDA Warning Letters for Kratom Merchants Could Mean Steep Fines for Payment Processors

The US Food and Drug Administration recently issued warning letters to three businesses marketing and distributing kratom for making unproven claims about their products on their websites and social media, including the claim it can help in the treatment of opioid addiction and withdrawal. These claims make the products unapproved new drugs sold in violation…

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Apetamin: An Unapproved Drug Masquerading as a Vitamin Syrup for Weight Gain

A search of “Apetamin” online yields pages of results of websites selling brown bottles with bright orange labels. Many search results include social media accounts showing full-body selfies of women who attribute their curves to this “weight gain syrup.” But Apetamin is not a harmless vitamin supplement as payment facilitators might think — it’s a…

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Kratom: Addiction Treatment or Addictive Opioid?

As mentioned in our last post, LegitScript has noticed a trend to market kratom as an opioid alternative and an opiate withdrawal aid. Today, we’re taking a closer look at this plant, which has been the subject of some recent alarming warnings by the FDA. Kratom, also known as Mitragyna speciosa, is a tree that grows naturally in Thailand,…

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FDA Attempts to Define Rules for Burgeoning Stem Cell Clinic Industry

Recent news is replete with stories about the potential of stem cell therapy as well as cautionary tales about unscrupulous stem cell clinics that promise cures for chronic diseases but fail to deliver. Confusion over stem cell therapy is widespread enough that, in late 2017, the FDA Commissioner issued a statement promising a comprehensive policy…

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Rogue Internet Pharmacy Shipping Analysis: How Do Illegal Drugs Get Into U.S. Commerce and Delivered to Customers?

How do illegal drugs get into US Commerce and Delivered to Customers? We did the research. The answer might surprise you.

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CanadaDrugs.com Indictment Exposes Fake Drug Sales, PharmacyChecker Role

The federal indictment of CanadaDrugs, its employees and a PharmacyChecker employee exposes a conspiracy to sell US patients counterfeit drugs. Ten things you should know about CanadaDrugs and PharmacyChecker.

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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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Bee pollen pills, ladybug bath salts have landed in LegitScript’s product database

Trendy “bee pollen” and “green coffee” weight loss supplements, some of which have been recalled in the US and elsewhere because of safety concerns, are just a few of the more than 200 products recently added to LegitScript’s searchable database. One of the bee pollen products — Classic Zi Xiu Tang Bee Pollen Capsules, marketed as a…

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LegitScript partners with INTERPOL, Operation Pangea in shutting down rogue online pharmacies

LegitScript is pleased to join with INTERPOL, the US Food and Drug Administration, the UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency and more than 100 law enforcement and regulatory agencies in announcing the results of Operation Pangea, an “international week of action” aimed at reducing the threat posed by the sale of falsified medicines over…

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