Thursday, October 8, 2009

Doctor of Pharmacology Dies from Counterfeit Medication

In a sad and incredibly ironic story, a 29 year old with a doctorate in physiology and pharmacology, died recently after injecting herself with substandard buprenorphine. Buprenorphine, a drug used to treat addiction, had been purchased by the victim from an online pharmacy based in the Philippines.

Carrie John of Baltimore, a post graduate research fellow at the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine, died September 27 after diluting the drug in water from its original pill format and injecting the drug. John earlier this year co-authored and published a study on her research of "compulsions and habit formation”.

Buprenorphine is a narcotic known on the street as "bupe" and commonly used to treat heroin addiction. The woman and her boyfriend, also a post graduate researcher, apparently have been purchasing various narcotics for recreational use for the past two or three years from New Mikee Online Pharmacy, a Web site pharmaceutcal supplier based in the Philippines.

According to the boyfriend the couple used the pharmacy to buy not only buprenorphine but morphine, OxyContin and marijuana.

This terrible story is a cautionary tale to all about the evils of drug addiction and the real life danger of counterfeit, adulterated and fraudulent drugs. When a highly educated, pharmaceutical professional falls victim to both addiction and fraudulent drugs bought online, it begs the question as to what kind of risk average consumers face when drugs that are purchased online find their way into the legitimate drug supply.

To read the entire story, which appeared in the Baltimore Sun, follow the link:,0,1002971.story

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