Federal regulators and law-enforcement agencies shut more than 1,600 illegal pharmacy websites this week, including fake Walgreens and CVS websites.
CNN: FDA Shuts Down 1,677 Online Pharmacies
The prices may look tempting, but ordering from an online pharmacy is often a bad deal, according to Interpol and the U.S Food and Drug Administration, announcing a crackdown Thursday on thousands of websites. The FDA said it has shut down 1,677 sites for selling counterfeit or substandard medication, or for selling drugs without appropriate safeguards. Other sites received regulatory warnings. Officials said they also arrested 58 people and seized more than $41 million worth of illegal medicines.
Jun 30, '13
by TheCommuter, BSN, RN Senior Moderator
I'm certain this crackdown didn't affect the masses of online pharmacies operating abroad from home bases in Mexico, Canada, New Zealand, India, and other countries. I do not see how the FDA has jurisdiction over foreign pharmacies.
EDIT: After reading the article, I see that most of the targeted pharmacies were based in other countries.
Since I order medications from online pharmacies on a regular basis, this article piqued my interest. Thanks for sharing.
Last edit by TheCommuter on Jun 30, '13
: Reason: addendum