Consumers Warned Not to Buy or Use Prescription Drugs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers not to purchase prescription drugs from websites that have orders filled by Mediplan Prescription Plus Pharmacy or Mediplan Global Health in Manitoba, Canada following reports of counterfeit versions of prescription drug products being sold by these companies to U.S. consumers. FDA is investigating these reports and is coordinating with international law enforcement authorities on this matter. FDA recommends that consumers who have purchased drugs from these websites not use the products because they may be unsafe. Preliminary laboratory results to date have found counterfeits of the following drug products from these websites: Lipitor, Diovan, Actonel, Nexium, Hyzaar, Ezetrol (known as Zetia in the United States), Crestor, Celebrex, Arimidex, and Propecia. All of these medications require a prescription from a licensed health care provider to be legally dispensed. 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; and
  • www.Canadian-safe.com
  • As a general matter, FDA advises consumers to use caution when buying medical products online. Although a website may appear reputable and similar to legitimate retail pharmacy websites, many actually operate from outside the U.S. and provide unapproved drugs from unreliable sources. http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2006/NEW01441.html
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    NCPIE encourages healthcare professionals and community groups to foster patient–professional communication about medicines. However, NCPIE does not supervise or endorse the activities of any group or professional. Discussion and action concerning medicines are solely the responsibility of the patient and their healthcare professionals, and not NCPIE.

    Please consult a licensed health care professional with questions or concerns about your medication and/or condition.

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