Fake Pharmacy Crackdown

Fake pharmacies are profiting from medication shortage problem.
2:03 | 03/22/12

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Looking -- to fake drug stores. Today congress decided to crack down on phony pharmacies stockpiling vital lifesaving drugs. Let the -- -- off a -- Maryland head basketball coach Brenda freeze is not afraid of challenging authority especially off the court. What involved her four year old son Tyler. Shocked when she found out his leukemia treatment was threatened by a cancer drug shortage. Let's wake up here how many people have had to die makes me sick to my stomach. To think about it. Coach freeze wrote -- congressman Elijah Cummings whose investigators found one big reason for the shortage fake pharmacy. But what they do -- -- or do drugs. And then basically helped to create a shortage so this is really be -- -- does -- mean it's really insensitivity as well not only is is insensitivity. Escrow. We visited -- congressional investigators identified as a fake pharmacy in Maryland -- there supposedly is a pharmacy license here but as you can see. It doesn't look much like a pharmacy it's pretty well locked up. Here's how it works they act as -- -- buying drugs from the manufacturer but then sell to a drug wholesale company they also own. Often at the same address marking up the price a second time. Before offering to desperate hospitals investigators say fakes sold a fifteen dollar violent cancer fighting flora -- -- the hospital's fourth 350. Dollars congress since nineteen -- to -- at pharmacies across the country this week. And is working with state authorities to pool their licenses. North Carolina close this one. Never opened actual customers their shelves have few drugs specializing only in those in short supply. We're paying. Of ridiculous price for many of these drugs sometimes marked up. A 1020300%. Creating a shortage and high costs that in erupt and threatened cancer treatments for patients like Tyler -- Jim up -- ABC news helped in Maryland.

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