FDA still trying to scare people away from online pharmacies

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From iTWire:

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning to consumers about placing orders for prescription drugs over the Internet, saying that recent cases have shown that what was delivered is not what was ordered and is putting people in hospital. In a release, the FDA said it has become aware that a number of Americans who placed orders for specific drug products over the Internet (Ambien, Xanax, Lexapro, and Ativan), instead received a product that, according to preliminary analysis, contains haloperidol, a powerful anti-psychotic drug…

The FDA said laboratory analysis of the misrepresented tablets is ongoing, but preliminary analysis indicates they contain haloperidol, the active ingredient in a prescription drug used primarily to treat schizophrenia. FDA learned about the mislabeled and potentially dangerous products after their recipients complained to a US pharmaceutical manufacturer. The origin of the tablets is unknown but the packages were postmarked in Greece.

Here we go again: the FDA using the actions of a few rogue players to issue a broad-brush warning about Internet online pharmacies. This is nothing new; the FDA is clearly in the pocket of Big Pharma and does its bidding at every turn.

Were the actions of these rogue pharmacies inexcusable? Absolutely. Does this have anything to do with licensed international pharmacies with verifiable third-party accreditations? No — absolutely not.

Would the FDA warn American consumers to not shop at the corner Walgreens because of what happened in San Antonio recently? No — in fact, they do very little to inform the consumer in such cases.

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At eDrugSearch.com, we believe the best way to empower the consumer is to provide you with the information you need to make good decisions. And that includes making sure you know that we only allow safe, licensed pharmacies in our database.

As for the FDA’s agenda? We’re reminded of what Merrill Goozner told us in our recent chat with him:

I always find it curious that free traders are worried about the safety of drugs imported from Canada, but not lettuce from Mexico. I suspect Canada’s system for protecting its consumers against unsafe drugs is far superior to Mexico’s system for protecting consumers against contaminated food.

Makes you wonder, doesn’t it?

About Cary Byrd

eDrugSearch founder, Cary Byrd, has been called an “e-health innovator” by MarketIntellNow, interviewed by top pharmaceutical industry journalists, invited to Matthew Holt’s Health 2.0 Conference and a Consumer Report's health summit, and highlighted on numerous health blogs.

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0 thoughts on “FDA still trying to scare people away from online pharmacies

  • Lee Holloway says:

    I agree, the FDA should stay out of people’s business.

    However, I recently ordered 30 10mg. Ambien and received a packet of 30 tiny light blue pills. Assuming they were generic, I took one and it had no effect whatsoever. My neighbor gave one to her small dog–still, no effect whatsoever. I then had a friend who speaks Greek call a pharmacy in Greece to ask about the pills and guess what? There is no generic brand of Ambien sold in Greece!

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