FDA Cracks Down on Rogue Online Pharmacies

The FDA joined Interpol in clamping down on over 500 websites engaged in illegal sales of potentially dangerous, unapproved versions of prescription medicines — including opioids, antibiotics and injectable epinephrine products to Americans. The FDA’s effort was part of a global operation led by Interpol to combat the unlawful sale and distribution of illegal and potentially counterfeit or substandard medical products on the Internet.  At the center of the initiative were identification of the makers and distributors of illegal prescription drugs and removal of those products from the supply chain. Along with health hazards, illegal online pharmacies can pose other risks to consumers, including credit card fraud, identity theft and computer viruses, the FDA reported.