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FDA Warns Consumers to Stop Importing Prescriptions

The Food and Drug Administration sent a warning letter to CanaRx, a clearing house for overseas pharmacies, stating that the company has been sending “unapproved” and “misbranded” drugs across the border to U.S. consumers.

The Canadian company functions not as an online pharmacy but as a broker between brick-and-mortar pharmacies located in Canada, Great Britain and Australia to city and local government employees in the U.S. seeking to fill prescriptions at reduced prices.  The FDA also advised consumers to stop using the imported prescriptions.

Because prices are regulated by foreign governments, the cost of imported drugs can be as much as 70 percent lower than a prescription filled in the U.S.   It is estimated that up to 500 U.S. towns, cities and school districts offer this distribution source as an alternative to more traditional pharmaceutical services.  Given the saving involved, it is unlikely that consumers and government will heed the FDA warnings.

Read more at Kaiser Health News.

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