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The Food and Drug Administration joined an international crackdown on illegal drug sales over the internet. As part of the global action, the agency sent warning letters to the operators of more than 500 illicit websites. The FDA also confiscated almost 100 domain names.

Stopping Illegal Drug Sales:

As part of the international effort to stem illegal drug sales, customs officials, regulatory professionals and police seized millions of doses of pain pills, dietary supplements, epilepsy drugs and medicines for erectile dysfunction. The FDA concentrated primarily on websites that sell opioids and ship them to US consumers through the mail. Many or most of these sites are located in other countries, so the agency recruited assistance from the US Postal Service at its International Mail Facilities in New York, Chicago and Miami. Approximately 500 packages were identified as potentially representing illegal drug sales from international internet sites.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb noted:

These rogue online pharmacies are often run by sophisticated criminal networks that knowingly and unlawfully distribute illicit drugs, including counterfeit medicines and controlled substances.”

Learn More:

The FDA offers guidelines for consumers to recognize sites making illegal drug sales at BeSafeRX. You’ll also get guidance on how to tell if an internet pharmacy is legit or not in our online resource, Saving Money on Medicines.

Any online pharmacy that does not require a prescription from your physician is suspect. You should never respond to ads promoting huge savings on prescription drugs. Even if they turn out not to be a part of an illegal drug sales scam, they could bother you with incessant spam or even phone calls once they get your information.

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  1. John
    San Antonio, TEXAS

    Oh good! The FDA is doing so much to protect me. I can sleep better at night. How about doing your job and regulating drugs here in the United States? How about Levaquin and the 100s of other drugs you’ve approved that have killed and maimed people?

    • Ellie K

      I totally agree levaquin almost put me in a straight jacket after 2 doses! Nw they reduced my much needed pain meds making my quality of life alwmost extinct. #corrupt!

  2. Janice

    I’d say the FDA is more concerned with preserving drug profits than protecting people and drug safety.

  3. William

    Let’s be clear on one thing: The FDA is in the business of protecting U.S. drug companies’ market when it comes to Internet drug sales. They’re not doing this to protect anyone’s health.

  4. Mary Jane

    When are we going to address the issues that foster drug use?

  5. Anne

    I’m confused about the FDA. On the one hand they seem to allow companies to sell us drugs legally that have been inadequately tested, and at the same time they’re concerned abut the drugs they’ve determined we might be getting illegally.

    It almost comes off as more of a money issue than any concern for individuals.

    • Ellie K

      If yur referring to the fentenyl analogues, knw that the govt JUST made thm illegal after thy hav killed millions of ppl not opioids as they want the pppl to believe!

      Reason thy were illegal & broght in from china & remained legal until 2 days ago in which they scheduled them as a schedule 1 drug is thy were using them 4 research but drug cartels got ahold of thm & sold them as street drugs.

      Wait for it what’s coming next, #18 which is 10 x strgr than fentenyl & they knw it. Research comes b4 precious lives. Only in America!

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