Aug. 31, 2006 — The FDA is caution people not to buy prescription drugs from certain Canadian web destinations that have supposedly sold fake medicine drugs to U.S. consumers.
The web destinations are those that have orders filled by Mediplan Medicine Also Pharmacy or Mediplan Global Health in Manitoba, Canada.
According to the FDA, some of the locales operated by Mediplan or that fulfill orders through Mediplan are:www.RxNorth.com www.Canadiandrugstore.com www.Rxbyfax.com www.Northcountryrx.com www.Canada-pharmacy.com www.My-canada-pharmacy.com www.NLRX.com www.Canampharmacy.com www.Canada-Meds-For-Less.net www.Canadian-safe.com
The FDA prescribes that people who have bought drugs from these web locales not use them because they may be risky.
The FDA is examining drugs that were being transported from those web locales to the U.S.
It says preliminary lab tests have found counterfeits of the taking after medicine drugs: Lipitor — for cholesterol disorders Crestor — cholesterol disarranges Zetia (U.S. title) / Ezetrol (Canadian title) — cholesterol disorders Diovan — tall blood pressurehigh blood pressureHyzaar — high blood weight Actonel — osteoporosisosteoporosis in postmenopausal women Nexium — gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERDGERD) Celebrex — arthritisarthritis-related torment Arimidex — breast cancerbreast cancerPropecia — male-pattern hair loss
In general, the FDA advises customers to use caution when buying medical items online.
“In spite of the fact that a web location may show up trustworthy and similar to true blue retail drug store web locales, numerous really work from exterior the U.S. and give unapproved drugs from questionable sources,” says the FDA in a news release.
For case, in August 2005, the FDA catching imported drugs at Modern York, Miami, and Los Angeles air terminals. Of the intercepted drugs promoted as “Canadian,” 85% really came from 27 other countries, and some were counterfeits.
A few Web destinations that claimed to be “Canadian” were, in reality, selling drugs of dubious origin, safety, and adequacy, says the FDA.
The FDA says it forcefully examines drug forging.
“Drug forging defrauds shoppers and can expose them to products containing unknown, ineffective, or harmful ingredients,” says the FDA. “Counterfeit drugs may be harmful or contain doses that are too little to treat a restorative condition, or so large that they could endanger the wellbeing of the user.”