90% of Imports Illegal

WASHINGTON (AP) - Nearly 90 percent of the imported mail-order drugs stopped at the borders in a special crackdown by government agents were potentially dangerous, the Food and Drug Administration said Monday.

Of 1,153 imported drugs collected by FDA and Customs agents, 1,019 were found to be illegal. They included drugs that have been withdrawn from the U.S. market, animal drugs never approved for human use, counterfeit drugs, drugs with dangerous interactions, drugs with dangerous side effects and narcotics, officials said.

The drugs were collected at international mail arrival centers in New York, Miami, San Francisco and Carson, Calif.

Imported drugs have become a hot political issue in recent years with many Americans seeking lower-cost products from foreign sources. Buying drugs from Canada is particularly popular because U.S.-produced drugs cost less there.

Responding to public concerns about high drug prices Congress has been considering ways to permit at least some drug imports from Canada and other major countries. FDA Associate Commissioner William Hubbard said that even if the currently proposed bill were passed only about 20 percent of the drugs seized in the current crackdown would have been allowed through.

Rep. Gil Gutknecht, R-Minn., sponsor of legislation to ease importation rules, said the FDA is trying ``to undermine a legislative initiative the American people desperately want and need.‘’

``Would anyone at the FDA seriously propose that the only way to ensure the safety of imported food is to ban importation?‘’ Gutknecht said.

Hubbard said foreign governments do not take responsibility for the safety or quality of products mailed to U.S. consumers and his agency also cannot guarantee the safety of drugs made in plants it doesn’t supervise, meaning the buyers are on their own.

Canada accounted for 15.8 percent of the imported drugs stopped. Close behind was India, 14.3 percent, followed by Thailand and the Philippines. Other countries included Brazil, China, Peru, Mexico, Fiji, the United Kingdom, Costa Rica and Vanuatu.

FDA Assistant Commissioner Steve Niedelman said the agency does not take any legal action against people who order the drugs, but does tell them that the products are being withheld by Customs. Narcotics, which are not allowed to be sold by mail, are turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration to be destroyed.

Hubbard said the actions were taken because congressional committees had questioned the agency about the volume of incoming drugs.

Typical American Protectionism. Its O.K for them to export their goods but heaven forbid that we (Canadians)be able to export goods to them. They can give any excuse they like, but the real reason is that they don’t want Americans spending their money anywhere else but America.

Actually the point, in my opinion, Prisoner, is that the US exports its prescription drugs at a much lower price than they are sold to us Americans. The one’s getting hosed are the Americans.

However, my point with the post was to allay the fears of resident U.S. citizens who order non narcotic drugs from overseas pharmacies that they may end up in jail when just siezure is the normal case assuming it is not being brought in by the caseload.

I am telling you that Commissioner Hubbard is full of it! We make prescription drugs also here in Canada, we don’t import them from the USA then resell them back. And if anything our Food and Drug laws are much more restrictive then in your good ol’USA! things like prohormones, hotrox, ephedrine, and the like are banned up here and must be smuggled in!
Heck the only good thing up here is that steroids are a heck of a lot cheaper. So most drug products if not equal to the states, are of a higher quality.
Now all you Americans need to pull your heads out from between you legs and realise your conciete and centrism. Everyone else in the world hates you guys for it.
We are suppose to have a free trade agreement with you people yet your leaders can’t even live up to that agreement. They slap tarriffs on our softwood lumber from B.C., they slap tarriffs on our pottatoes from P.E.I., They slap tarriffs on our grain from the praries… And reasons for this?? The same bull that was just posted- fabricated lies.

“Now all you Americans need to pull your heads out from between you legs and realise your conciete and centrism. Everyone else in the world hates you guys for it.”

Having a bad day in the shower room eh?


The reason the world hates us is because we are better than anyone else - more free, more rich, and best of all, we can kick anyone’s ass. You Canadians should count your lucky stars that you live on the same continent as the USA. Otherwise, someone would have probably kicked your ass by now.

lol! Who cares who is better than who. Were both lucky that we can live in free countries. And could you have a better northern Neibor?

Ummmm. Who he? Sounds like a Frenchman masquerading as an American. Real Americans don’t think like that.