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Date Posted: 23:01:08 10/18/03 Sat
Author: Don
Subject: Black Market Drugs Undercut Safety
In reply to: Billy The Kid 's message, "Scams: Pharmacist refutes U.S. allegations" on 07:31:17 10/04/03 Sat

Paper: Black Market Drugs Undercut Safety

WASHINGTON (AP)--Illegal trade in pharmaceuticals has undercut the safety of the United States' system of distributing prescription drugs, The Washington Post reported.

As a result, the Post said Sunday editions, many Americans are getting medication that is dangerous, watered-down or entirely ineffective.

In the first installment of a five-part series based on a yearlong investigation, the Post newspaper said:

``Networks of middlemen, felons and other opportunists operating out of storefronts and garages fraudulently obtain deeply discounted medicines intended for nursing homes and hospices. ... Those drugs are ultimately sold to unwitting patients.''

Counterfeiters ``use pill-punching machines and special inks to produce near-perfect copies of the most popular and expensive drugs.''

``Pharmaceutical peddlers take advantage of lax regulations to move millions of prescription drugs into the United States from Canada, Mexico and elsewhere.''

``Rogue medical merchants set up Internet pharmacies that serve as pipelines for narcotics, selling to drug abusers and others who never see doctors in person or undergo tests.''

Altogether, the Post reports, the underground market for pharmaceuticals constitutes ``a new form of organized crime that now threatens public health.''

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