This week the FDA took action against more than 1,000 websites that illegally sell counterfeit prescription drugs and medical devices to consumers.  

The FDA sent warning letters to many of the website operators and seized drugs sent through international mail that were found to be in violation of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. 

Selling misbranded or adulterated medications can be potentially harmful to the consumer. There are a lot of things that can earn a drug the title of being misbranded.  For example, a drug is labeled as misbranded if the labeling is false or misleading (says it is going to cure something that it hasn't been proven to do).  A drug is also misbranded if is possesses a health danger when used in the dosage, quantity or frequency or duration prescribed on the labeling of the package.  

The FDA provides consumers with information to identify an illegal pharmacy website and advice on how to find a safe online pharmacy through BeSafeRx: Know Your Online Pharmacy.

NewsJoanna Simmon