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FDA Participates in Global Efforts to Protect Consumers and Patients from Unsafe Drugs on the Internet
Date:9/29/2011

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In many cases, conducting illegal activities also violates ISP and DNR policies and agreements, giving the hosting companies the opportunity to terminate the websites and suspend the use of the domain names. Of the 717 websites addressed in the Warning Letters, a total of 578 have been suspended or no longer offer pharmaceuticals for sale.  The FDA is working with its foreign counterparts to address the remaining websites, which continue to offer unapproved or misbranded prescription medicines to U.S. consumers.

The FDA encourages consumers to report suspected criminal activity at www.fda.gov/oci.

The IIWA is a coordinated effort by INTERPOL, the World Customs Organization, the Permanent Forum of International Pharmaceutical crime , the Heads of Medicines Agencies Working Group of Enforcement Officers, as well as national health and law enforcement agencies from 81 participating countries.  

For more information:

  • Buying Medicines over the Internet

http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/BuyingUsingMedicineSafely/BuyingMedicinesOvertheInternet/default.htm

The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation's food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.

Media Inquiries: Shelly Burgess, 301-796-4651, shelly.burgess@fda.hhs.gov
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