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Larissa Doucette

Incidents of counterfeit drugs containing dangerous ingredients – such as mercury, rat poison, and paint thinner – and intercepted around the world are documented in a five-part series from the Partnership for Safe Medicines (PSM). As reported by PSM, Hazim Gaber sold starch, dextrin, dextrose, and lactose to cancer patients seeking an experimental cancer drug called dicholoracetate (DCA) for over $100 a shipment. In addition, a PSM public service announcement video features a victim injured by counterfeit drugs who explains the risks of using rogue Internet drug sites. The video encourages consumers to use only VIPPS® (Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice SitesCM)-accredited Internet pharmacies when choosing to order medications online.