More than $1.3 million of unapproved Viagra seized in Louisville

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ)Customs and Border Protection officers in Louisville seized two shipments containing 618 bottles — 18,540 pills — of Viagra pills heading to an individual in Burton, Michigan, the agency said.

If genuine, and approved by the FDA, the pills would have had an estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price of more than $1.31 million.

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The pills were in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA), which prohibits the introduction of any food, drug, device, tobacco product, or cosmetic that is adulterated or misbranded.

These pills, which were misbranded, were seized and turned over to the FDA Office of Criminal Investigation for further investigation.

Medications purchased from online sources can be improperly produced without pharmacological specifications and safeguards that ensure the protection of human health.

Prescription medications manufactured in non-regulated foreign companies often contain dangerous contaminants or ineffective compounds, and though their packaging and labelling can be similar to genuine products, inconsistent ingredients and sub-par quality controls can endanger the consumer, the CBP said,

“Our Officers are dedicated to identifying and intercepting these types of shipments that could potentially harm our communities,” said Louisville Port Director Thomas Mahn. “Consumers do not realize the risk they are taking when using prescription drugs from other countries. These non-regulated drugs could cause health concerns or even death.”

The FDA recommends consumers talk to their health care professional about their condition and consider buying prescription medications from state-licensed pharmacies in the U.S.

CBP conducts operations at ports of entry throughout the United States, and regularly screens arriving international passengers and cargo for narcotics, weapons, and other restricted or prohibited products. CBP strives to serve as the premier law enforcement agency enhancing the Nation’s safety, security, and prosperity through collaboration, innovation, and integration.