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Importing Prescription Drugs

U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Notice: Archived Webpage

The content on this webpage is provided the FDA’s website for reference purposes only. It was current when produced, but is no longer maintained and may be outdated.

For current information regarding buying medicines from outside the United States and over the Internet, please see FDA’s BeSafeRx Campaign: Know Your Online Pharmacy

For current information regarding drug imports, exports, and personal importation policy, please see FDA’s Import Operations Branch page.

FDA's Main Concern:  Patient Safety

FDA cannot ensure the safety and effectiveness of products that are not FDA-approved and come from unknown sources and foreign locations, or that may not have been manufactured under proper conditions. These unknowns put patient’s health at risk if they cannot be sure of the products identity, purity, and source. For these reasons, FDA recommends only obtaining medicines from legal sources in the U.S.

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Regulatory Policy

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Letters to State and Local Officials

The following are reprints of official communication that occurred between the FDA and State and Local officials. Also included are reprints of testimony given by FDA. These documents have not been changed from their original form and all of the included links are not functional. Please contact the FDA Web staff at webmail@oc.fda.gov to request additional information.

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Testimony

The following are reprints of official communication that occurred between the FDA and State and Local officials. Also included are reprints of testimony given by FDA. These documents have not been changed from their original form and all of the included links are not functional. Please contact the FDA Web staff at webmail@oc.fda.gov to request additional information.

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