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Counterfeit Drugs Pose Serious Threat to Consumers

May 23, 2005 |

The FDA and federal law enforcement authorities are becoming increasingly concerned with the sale of counterfeit drugs over the Internet and at pharmacies in Mexican border towns. Although the operators of several Internet (and mail-order) operations have been arrested recently and charged with illegal drug sales through online pharmacies, the authorities have been frustrated by the fact that new websites are up and running almost immediately.

The Mexican problem is also becoming quite serious since counterfeit versions of drugs like Lipitor, Viagra, and Evista, which can be quite dangerous, are readily available in border towns like Juarez, Los Algodones, Nogales, and Tijuana. The FDA has been working with Mexican authorities to address this problem throughout Mexico and, as a result, 19 pharmacies have been suspended and over 105 tons of medicines have been confiscated.

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