The FDA has been doggedly pursuing Canada Drugs and its affiliates after it tied counterfeits of Roche's cancer drug Avastin to the online pharmacy and wholesaler. Now the feds have fired off an indictment with a host of charges that include money laundering and conspiracy in addition to selling illegal and counterfeit drugs.
It was announced on the Bing blog that the search engine will push to consumers a warning message when they are about to land on a site that the FDA has tagged as fake.
The FDA found itself several times in the last few years warning doctors to be on the alert for counterfeit Botox. But the agency said the two men at the top of the drug smuggling food chain have been sentenced after pleading guilty to charges they ran an illegal wholesale operation that distributed counterfeit, misbranded, and adulterated versions of Allergan's Botox in the U.S.
The FDA once again pitched in last week with other international regulators to crack down on illegal and counterfeit drugs being peddled over the internet. The FDA, Interpol and other authorities seized drugs, shut down some websites and made some arrests.
The FDA has for years been chasing after illegal online pharmacies that sell unapproved, sometimes counterfeit, drugs to consumers. In a new twist on that scheme, the FDA brought a case against a man who worked for an Indian company that was telemarketing directly to consumers prescription drugs made outside the U.S.
A report by Deutsche Welle says roughly half of the prescription drugs sold online are fake, and Russia is quickly becoming a major source of bogus medications.
A cancer center in Texas has pleaded guilty to using foreign-made versions of Roche's cancer drug Avastin on patients.
More counterfeit Botox has made its way into the U.S. and, the FDA thinks, into physician offices. The agency is warning providers that they need to make sure they don't have any of it because it is believed to be unsafe.
The FDA has rolled up yet another doctor in its campaign to punish practitioners who knowingly bought unapproved foreign drugs on the cheap, taking the risk of giving patients ineffective or even counterfeit medications, which some of them ended up doing.
Federal authorities in Canada last week raided the Winnipeg headquarters of CanadaDrugs.com but declined to say what prompted the raid, citing a court-ordered confidentiality order.