The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is cracking down on online
pharmacies that are selling potentially dangerous drugs and medical devices.
The agency recently sent warning letters to more than 1,000 websites across
As we have
previously discussed on this San Diego Injury Blog, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy found that less than three
percent of online pharmacies meet state and federal laws. In many cases,
the medications may be counterfeit, contaminated, expired, or otherwise unsafe.
The FDA’s latest actions to address fraudulent online pharmacies
included sending warning letters to the operators of nearly 400 websites
offering unapproved or misbranded prescription medicines to U.S. patients
and to nine firms distributing unapproved medical devices online.
According to the
FDA’s press statement, some of the websites targeted purport sell FDA-approved generic versions
of brand name drugs, including: “Generic Nolvadex,” “Generic
Meridia,” “Generic Valium,” “Generic Truvada,”
and “Generic Advair Diskus.” Medical devices sold illegally
online included: “The Ondamed System” and “Colon Care
Products of PA Open System Colon Hydrotherapy Device (Grace)” as
well as illegal dermal fillers such as “Interfall Hydrogel polyacrylamide
dermal filler,” “Dermafil hyaluronic acid dermal filler,”
and “Teosyal hyaluronic acid dermal filler.”
Of course, not all online pharmacies are unsafe. The FDA also offers advice
for patients on how to identify a safe, legal online pharmacy. Below are
a few hallmarks of a legitimate operation:
- Always require a doctor’s prescription
- Provide a physical address and telephone number in the United States
- Offer a pharmacist to answer your questions
- Have a license with your state board of pharmacy.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured by a dangerous or
defective drug or medical device, don’t hesitate to
contacta San Diego product liability attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation.