Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill Seeks to Address Illegal Drug Sales on the Dark Web

Posted by in Consumer Protection, State and Federal Regulatory Issues

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Congress has long had an interest in stemming the online sale of illegal opioids but investigating and identifying criminals who traffic these drugs on the dark web is incredibly challenging for law enforcement agencies. Enter the Dark Web Interdiction Act of 2022 (HR 7300, S 3782), a new bipartisan bill that seeks to improve the […]

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A Decade Later, NABP PMP InterConnect is Still a Vital Tool for Prescribers

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This year, we celebrate 10 years of NABP PMP InterConnect and are proud that the system now hosts 1 million users across 52 states and jurisdictions. It processes more than 1 billion patient encounters annually, saving providers 2 to 5 minutes per patient encounter.  The service links state prescription monitoring programs (PMPs), allowing physicians, pharmacists, and other authorized users to check patients prescription drug […]

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DEA Takes Action Against Deadly Counterfeit Pills Sold Online

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On September 27, 2021, for the first time in six years, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a public safety alert warning Americans of a surge in deadly counterfeit pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine flooding into the United States. The last time DEA issued a similar alert was to raise awareness of a national rise in […]

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Help Us Spread the Word About Fake Pills Online

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At the end of September, the DEA released a warning: The quantity of fake pills online has reached dangerous levels. Already this year, DEA seized 9.5 million counterfeit pills. Two out of five of these pills contain a lethal dose of fentanyl. Increasingly, methamphetamine is added.  This news is sobering, but not surprising. Just a few weeks before DEA’s public safety alert, we took to the airwaves […]

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Why Words Matter When Treating Substance Use Disorder

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Sometimes, society has trouble catching up with what science teaches us. For example, addiction science. Decades of research have proven that addiction is a  medical disorder that affects the brain, not a moral failing. But centuries’ worth of stigma remains. Only one in four people struggling with opioid use disorder will seek treatment.  Part of the problem is that the stigma is encoded within the language we use to describe addiction and its effects, […]

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FDA’s Online Opioid Summit – How Internet Stakeholders Can Proactively Reduce the Availability of Opioids Online

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Earlier this month, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held its third Online Opioid Summit, a day-long event convening representatives from prominent technology and social media companies, academic researchers, and experts from public health nonprofits, including NABP, to discuss ways to collaborate to reduce the availability of opioids on the internet. Introduced in […]

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Why Medicine Sold on Social Media Can Be Deadly

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If Charlie had known how prolific fake pills on social media were, would he still be alive? It’s a haunting question for his parents, Ed and Mary Ternan, because the answer is probably “yes.”   Had he known,  maybe he wouldn’t have taken a single pill last year, bought on social media, to relieve his back pain. He thought it was a painkiller, but instead it was a […]

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