FDA raids Florida stores that consumers use to buy drugs from Canada

FDA in October sent criminal investigation agents with search warrants into nine storefronts across Central Florida that help customers order drugs from pharmacies in Canada and overseas at major discounts.

FDA in October sent criminal investigation agents with search warrants into nine storefronts across Central Florida that help customers order drugs from pharmacies in Canada and overseas at major discounts. The agents notified the store owners that importing drugs from foreign countries is illegal and that those helping to administer such medicines could face fines or jail time. None of the stores has closed, but have expressed concern that the Trump administration has reversed a long-standing non-enforcement policy against the stores. "The FDA is concerned about the safety risks associated with the importation of unapproved prescription drugs from foreign countries," said FDA spokeswoman Lyndsay Meyer. "Drug products that come from unknown or foreign sources may be unregulated or subject to less oversight than U.S. requirements. These unknowns put patients’ health at risk." FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has indicated the agency will be increasing its efforts to prevent the importation of drugs into the United States, including tripling the workers at international mail facilities who inspect packages suspected of containing drugs.