Many Drugs Promoted as "Canadian" Products Really Originate from Other Countries

An FDA operation found that nearly half of the imported drugs it intercepted from four selected countries were shipped to fill orders that consumers believed they were placing with “Canadian” pharmacies. Of the drugs being promoted as “Canadian,” based on accompanying documentation, 85 percent actually came from 27 countries around the globe. A number of these products also were found to be counterfeit. “This operation suggests that drugs ordered from so- called 'Canadian' Internet sites are not drugs of known safety and efficacy,” said Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach, Acting FDA Commissioner. “These results make clear there are Internet sites that claim to be “Canadian” that, in fact, are peddling drugs of dubious origin, safety, and efficacy. We believe that these 'bait and switch' tactics-offering patients one thing and then giving them something else - are misleading to patients and potentially harmful to the public health.” FDA is working closely with the Canadian drug regulatory and law enforcement authorities on this matter. FDA will take appropriate action to keep these counterfeit products out of the U.S. drug supply and pursue actions against those responsible for attempting to defraud the American public.