FDA Cracks Down On Some Online Pharmacies

WASHINGTON (October 5, 2012)—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is stepping up its fight against sales of counterfeit and other potentially harmful medicine over the Internet, ordering operators of about 4,100 websites to stop selling unapproved medications to U.S. consumers immediately.

The FDA sent warning letters to three companies behind most of the websites and also seized some illegal medicines, filed civil and criminal charges against companies and people, and contacted Internet registrars and service providers, asking them to suspend the 4,100 websites.

Those efforts are part of a global crackdown on online sellers of counterfeit and illegal medical products.

Interpol, the international police agency, says about $10.5 million worth of medicines were seized worldwide last week and more than 18,000 illegal pharmacy websites were shuttered.

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