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Pharma Agent Buying Drugs From Darknet Markets For Testing

Tim Ramsey, a 59 years old ex-policeman is hired by pharmaceutical companies to buy prescription drugs from DNMs (darknet markets) for test purposes. He is mostly looking for pharmaceutical drugs that are either fake or made in untested labs and sold as counterfeit pills or tabs.

“People are being driven by desperation to buy drugs on the darknet,’’ stated Ramsey, who is working as an operations manager at Centient, where he oversees a team of 15 computer experts who protect brands online by buying counterfeit products on the dark net.

For the pharmaceutical industry, which is worth around $300 billion, the presence of the rapid-growing dark web marketplaces are seriously decreasing both the reputations and profits of pharma companies. There are people all around the world who are mostly turning into buying their prescription drugs from the dark net instead of paying for their expensive medications. This could be good for them since they are acquiring their medications for a cheaper and more affordable price, however, according to pharmaceutical companies, this could also lead to certain dangers. Bill Reid, director of global anti-counterfeiting at Eli Lilly & Co made this statement regarding the case:

“We’ve found products with no active ingredients, too much, and in some cases a totally different active ingredient. The darknet is morphing, quickly’’

There were some cases where the drugs that have been ordered either from the clearnet or the dark web were bad for human health. For example, in April, Eloise Parry (21), a British student died from the diet pills she ordered diet pills from the internet. The pills contained 2,4 Dinitrophenol (DNP), an industrial chemical used as an antiseptic and pesticide, however, it has been banned after scientists discovered it could be lethal as some patients developed fevers topping 43 degrees Celsius.

Where Ramsey works, Centient, it is the company’s first priority to find counterfeiters using the required information and technology for the task, and alert police to shut those vendors down. However, those who Centient and Ramsey are working for could not be identified on their request.

About half of Centient’s purchases are either counterfeit or sold as part of a scam. There was a case when Ramsey bought a treatment for seizures from a seller in Cameroon. A week later, he got a message from the vendor who claimed the shipment had been held up by French customs at Orly airport in Paris, and that he needed to pay a further 150 Euros to get it released. He declined to pay and never got the pills.

The selling of prescription drugs on the DNMs are growing fast according to Ramsey. On Agora alone, the number of prescription drug listings rose 50 percent from March to August, to almost 25.000, according to Fortinet, a cybersecurity consultancy.

“More people are confident in buying from the Internet while at the same time it’s a fantastic platform for criminals,’’ stated Alastair Jeffrey, head of enforcement at the British government agency that regulates sales of medicine. In June, they have seized fake and unlicensed drugs and devices worth 16 million pounds from online vendors.

Michael Sorge, security chief at Bayer AG in Germany, stated that prescription drugs dealers on the dark net are using a relay system. The counterfeit medications are made in Asia (mostly India and the Philippines) and sent to Europe for further distribution. This makes the vendors in Europe look like they are selling genuine pharmaceutical products.

There was a case in Germany, which the media has called the “Pill Gang” who were a group of seven people selling prescription drugs internationally. The band netted 21.5 million euros over several years processing about 17.000 orders a month for erectile dysfunction and diet pills, according to court documents. The drugs were made in India or China, stored in Spain and the Czech Republic, and shipped to customers from addresses in other European countries, with the proceeds deposited in Cyprus.

“At the end of the day, the person who ordered the pills receives a letter from the U.K. or Germany and it doesn’t come from a questionable country,’’ stated Sorge. “These are not shirts or handbags, but medicine and people taking medicine expect it will help, not hurt them.’’

9 comments

  1. No one on the Darknet is “Desperate” I make the DN my first choice because its easy. I have plenty of local drug dealers i could go to but the products they sell are of less quality. I use the Darknet for drugs because I get what i want quick and easy, just the way i want it. If i buy drugs from a drug dealer and get busted on my way home i cant say “thats not mine” if my package gets caught i CAN say “thats not mine” legally.
    Dumb desperate people stick the streets after learning of the Darknet markets.

  2. Of course the pharmaceutical companies say there is a “danger” in buying the same pills on the Darknet. That “danger” is that the CEO of that big pharma company might lose his annual bonus and won’t be able to buy that new yacht he had his eye on for the past year. Fuck pharmaceutical companies and fuck the government.

  3. Fuck all forms of authority.
    There is no such thing as true authority.
    There is only greater or lesser knowledge.
    Authority demands you submit.
    Authority = dictatorship

  4. Of course big Pharma will be quick to point out negative experiences of purchasing bad pills on the DN. Any thing that cuts into their ginormous profiteering is a threat.

    What about the 100s of 1000s of successful purchasing of legitimate pharmaceuticals via dark markets ?

    The pharma companies have so many politicians in their pocket that they play a large roll in the war on drugs. THE DNM purchase of medicine is a nightmare for them.

    They forgot to mention some of their less than ethical practices – getting drugs to market with out proper research, torturing animals ( and some times people ) in the drug trials and denying treatment to those unable to afford their inflated prices.

    So go fuck your self Pharma agent. You are nothing but a henchman / goon for pfizer or whatever company employs you.

  5. lol yea instead we should wait for the nightly news to report how the shit coming from major pharma companies has no active ingedients either, its laughable that this article suggests that the darknet is the only source of fake meds, like 2015 hasnt already had some wellbutrin formulations have no active delivered active ingredient despite ppl shelling out much money for that BS at the pharmacy for “genuine medicine” how is being ripped off by big pharma less dangerous than the dark web? at least on the dark web u dont go broke buying ineffective bullshit like u do at the real life doc apperantly

  6. I have to agree with all the people here (article+comments). It is hard to get a good and correct understanding of drugs and medicine. The problem is that we need them to treat or keep us alive as much as possible. The methods that we use in order to acquire them, depend on the price (all the time) and availability. The way the merchandise is prepared, tested and delivered, does not comply with people because everybody has the right to personal opinion and their view of life and things. It depends on the problems that you face, the solutions presented and the best resolve that suits your way of being. Drugs and medicine come from big corporations, freedom viewers (legit product) and charlatans who just know how to press the button on a weak person and their morale is – Money.
    In conclusion we need drugs and medicine to survive. It depends on what you need and the best way to acquire them.
    Stay safe and always think before you react.
    Cheers.

  7. Most of it come straight from distribution obviously someone is profiting, but buying anything Chinese, India would asking for getting seriously ill.

  8. In need of a new med market!!!!Desperate!please help?
    Best Regards,JC

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