Over 1,100 Packets Containing ED Medication Intercepted by CBP in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS– On April 8, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in St. Louis seized 1,176 packages of Leopard Miracle Honey in a shipment to a person in Hazelwood. The packs have been tested and added sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra. The officials found the illegally imported drugs while inspecting a shipment labeled as a dietary supplement from Turkey. Were they sold legally? The pills would have had an estimated domestic value of $ 5,600.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates drugs and products that are marketed as dietary supplements and contain an active pharmaceutical ingredient. Since only three percent of online pharmacies audited by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy comply with US pharmacy laws and practices, buying controlled substances from online suppliers is not only good for the health of the consumer, but also for his wallet Risk.

Medicines purchased from online sources can be improperly manufactured without pharmacological specifications and safeguards that will ensure the protection of human health. Prescription drugs manufactured in unregulated overseas companies often contain dangerous contaminants or ineffective compounds. Although their packaging and labeling can be like original products, inconsistent ingredients and below-average quality controls can put the consumer at risk.

E-commerce has expanded the access of foreign sellers to the US. However, these sellers may not have all of the relevant information to comply with U.S. admissibility law. In addition, transnational criminal organizations often send illegal goods to the US in small packages because of the perceived lower risk of prohibition and less serious consequences for the package being banned. As buying habits change and more products are purchased online, it is important for consumers to be aware of the dangers and complications associated with ordering products such as medicines through online sellers.

“Our highly qualified officers remain focused on our mission to protect our country and its people,” said the St. Louis Harbor Director. “CBP is working closely with the FDA and other partner agencies to accomplish this mission and ensure controlled substances with unknown additives or poor standards do not end up in American homes.”

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends that consumers speak to their health care professionals about their condition and consider buying prescription drugs from federally licensed pharmacies in the United States

The CBP’s border security mission is led by CBP officers from the Office of Field Operations in 328 ports of entry. Please visit the CBP ports of entry to learn more about how the CBP Field Operations Office is securing our nation’s borders. Learn more about CBP at www.CBP.gov.

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