Officials with the U. S. Food and Drug Administration say they have issued warning letters to 17 websites for illegally selling opioids online.
The unapproved and misbranded opioids include those offered for sale without a prescription, as well as those that lack adequate directions for use and include products like tramadol and oxycodone.
“Those who illegally sell opioids online put consumers at risk and undermine the significant strides we have made to combat the opioid crisis,” said Donald D. Ashley, director of the Office of Compliance in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “We remain committed to using all available tools to stop the illegal sale of opioids online to help protect consumers from these potentially dangerous products.”
Warning letters were issued to:
• Thomas Meds
Consumers who buy prescription drugs from online pharmacies may put their health at risk because the products may be counterfeit, contaminated, expired, or otherwise unsafe. Additionally, illegal online pharmacies may pose other risks, including credit card fraud, identity theft, and computer viruses.