FDA Cracks Down On Unapproved Online Drug Sales

As part of the fifth annual International Internet Week of Action — a global initiative to prevent potentially unapproved and illegal medicine from being sold online — the FDA shut down more than 18,000 illegal pharmacy websites and seized about $10.5 million worth of drugs last week. In conjunction with enforcement officials from 100 countries, the FDA took action against more than 4,100 potentially illegal internet pharmacies around the world between September 25 and October 2. The FDA specifically targeted websites that sell unapproved versions of pharmaceutical drugs, including the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra and the influenza treatment Tamiflu, as well as drugs that have been recalled from the U.S. market because of dangerous side effects.