FDA Crackdown on Illegal Online Pharmacies

by Ashley Adams

(August 2013) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in partnership with international regulatory and law enforcement agencies, took action this summer against more than 9,600 websites that illegally sell potentially dangerous, unapproved prescription medicines to consumers. These actions include the issuance of regulatory warnings, and seizure of offending websites and $41,104,386 worth of illegal medicines worldwide.

Many of these websites appeared to be operating as a part of an organized criminal network that falsely purported its websites to be “Canadian Pharmacies.” These websites displayed fake licenses and certifications which mislead consumers into purchasing drugs they advertised as “brand name” and “FDA approved.” The drugs seized by the FDA were not from Canada,and were neither brand name nor FDA approved. These websites also used certain major U.S. pharmacy retailer names to trick U.S. consumers into believing an affiliation existed with these retailers.

The FDA targeted websites selling unapproved and potentially dangerous prescription medicines. In general, prescription medicines, including those purchased online, should only be used with a valid prescription and under the supervision of a licensed health care provider. Certain states, like Arizona requires that a patient meet “face to face” with his or her doctor before a prescription can be written.The FDA vowed to continue its criminal law enforcement and regulatory efforts against illegal online pharmacies.

If you have any issues with the FDA, please contact Ashley D. Adams, PLC at 480.219.1366 or via this website. Ashley is a criminal defense attorney in Scottsdale and a former federal prosecutor.