National Geographic : 2004 Nov
Recently the FDA ordered three medicines from "Canada"' When they arrived one thing was clear. They weren't from Canada. 1. After receiving a spam e-mail from a Web site offering to sell cheaper "generic" drugs from Canada, the FDA ordered Amhien, Lipitor and Viagra' .t The medicines arrived postmarked from Dallas, but with a return address in Miami. 3. The FDA called the Web site company twice to find out where they are based. The first time they're told the United States. The second time they're told Belize. The FDA checked the computer server for the Web site and discovered it's in China. 5. The FDA checked with the credit card . " company and was told that a company in St. Kitts received the payment. The FDA tested the products and found significant quality problems. The fake Ambien had too much medicine. The fake Lipitor and Viagra had too little medicine and had too many impurities. Where did all these medicines really come from? And what exactly is in them? Getting medicines from "Canada"isn't the answer. But it does raise a lot of questions. Today's medicines finance tomorrow's miracles." GlaxoSmithKline S urcs: U.S . Sename I Im ani Hea ings:Healt, Edumon, Labor& Pension Comttee, May 20, 2004 andJudkiaay Crmmittee, Juh 14, 2004; U.S . Fndand D ArAdmlGbstkm:"FDA Test Resuls ofIresc'rilmnDtatf BgusGutmcaWebirteShm Al PA cts Are Fake or Substndard ,' 13, 2004. +Anabn isa reis, trdtc ofi Sa ~t; i-Scythi; Vigra&and Lipitr®are rired amk of Pfi r Inc. Generic wk anf ofcsdrtu e rnenare fr ue in U.S . orCanadl .