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FDA Warns About Fake Internet Drugs

FDA Says 24 Web Sites May Be Involved in Distributing Counterfeit Prescription Drugs

Medically Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD on May 01, 2007

May 1, 2007 -- The FDA today strongly cautioned consumers about purchasingdrugs from 24 web sites that may be involved in the distribution of counterfeitdrugs.

The FDA links two of the 24 web sites to counterfeit versions of the weightloss drug Xenical.

The FDA says that Xenical's maker, the drug company Roche, tested threephony Xenical pills obtained from brandpills.com and pillspharm.com.

One phony Xenical pill contained the active ingredient in another weightloss drug. The two other fake Xenical pills contained only talc and starch,according to the FDA.

The FDA has previously linked four of the 24 web sites to counterfeitversions of the flu drug Tamiflu and counterfeit versions of the erectiledysfunction drug Cialis.

Overseas Web Sites

The web sites, which the FDA says appear to be operated outside the U.S.,are:

  • AllPills.net
  • Pharmacy-4U.net
  • DirectMedsMall.com
  • Brandpills.com
  • Emediline.com
  • RX-ed.com
  • RXePharm.com
  • Pharmacea.org
  • PillsPharm.com
  • MensHealthDrugs.net
  • BigXplus.net
  • MediClub.md
  • InterTab.de
  • Pillenpharm.com
  • Bigger-X.com
  • PillsLand.com
  • EZMEDZ.com
  • UnitedMedicals.com
  • Best-Medz.com
  • USAPillsrx.net
  • USAMedz.com
  • BluePills-Rx.com
  • Genericpharmacy.us
  • I-Kusuri.jp

The 24 web sites appear on pharmacycall365.com under the "OurWebsites" heading, the FDA notes.

FDA's Advice to Consumers

The FDA says consumers using online pharmacies should be wary if there is noway to contact a web site pharmacy by phone, if prices are dramatically lowerthan the competition, or if no prescription from your doctor is required.

The FDA's web site includes these safety tips for people buying prescriptiondrugs online:

  • Make sure the web site requires a prescription.
  • Make sure the web site has a pharmacist available for questions.
  • Buy only from licensed pharmacies located in the U.S.
  • Don't provide personal information such as credit card numbers unlessyou're sure the web site will protect that information.

The FDA urges consumers to visit www.fda.gov/buyonlinefor more information before buying prescription drugs over the Internet.