Counterfeit medicine is fake medicine. It may be contaminated or contain the wrong or no active ingredient. They could have the right active ingredient but at the wrong dose. Counterfeit drugs are illegal and may be harmful to your health.
FDA takes all reports of suspect counterfeits seriously and, in order to combat counterfeit medicines, is working with other agencies and the private sector to help protect the nation's drug supply from the threat of counterfeits.
News and Events
- DEA Considers Fentanyl-Containing Counterfeit Medications a Global Threat
- FDA advises health care professionals that counterfeit BiCNU has been discovered in some foreign countries
- Counterfeit Version of Botox Found in the United States
- Counterfeit Versions of Cialis tablets identified entering the United States
- Health Care Provider Alert: Another Counterfeit Cancer Medicine Found in United States
- Man convicted for role in international counterfeit drug distribution scheme
- FDA warns consumers about counterfeit version of Teva's Adderall
- Illegal practice by doctors puts patients at risk; Another cancer medicine determined to be counterfeit.
- Counterfeit Version of Avastin in U.S. Distribution
- Speech by Commissioner Hamburg on Counterfeit Medicine
- Unapproved emergency birth control medicine possibly in U.S. distribution may be ineffective and unsafe
- FDA Warns About Fraudulent Tamiflu
- FDA Warns Consumers about Counterfeit Alli
- Internet Pharmacy Sold Counterfeit Viagra, Misbranded Drugs
- Belgian Citizen Sentenced for Selling Counterfeit, Misbranded Drugs
- Chinese National Sentenced to Federal Prison for Trafficking Counterfeit Pharmaceutical Weight Loss Drug
- Two Arrested for Illegally Trafficking Counterfeit Weight Loss Medication
Other Counterfeit Products
- FDA warns about counterfeit ExtenZe dietary supplements
- FDA Issues Warning on Counterfeit Surgical Mesh
- FDA Updates its Nationwide Alert on Counterfeit One Touch Blood Glucose Test Strips
- The Possible Dangers of Buying Medicines Over the Internet
- Questions and Answers about Counterfeit Drugs
- Consumer Education: Counterfeit Medicine
- Technology Protecting the Drug Supply (RFID)
- FDA 101: Health Fraud Awareness
- Buying and Using Medicine Safely
Guidance Documents and Reports
- FDA Guidance on Standards Development for Prescription Drug Supply Chain Security
- FDA Draft Guidance for Industry on Anticounterfeiting
- FDA Counterfeit Drug Task Force Reports
Other Government Resources
- Federal Trade Commission: Buying Prescription Drugs Online
- Drug Enforcement Administration: Buying Prescription Drugs Online
- Buying Medicine Safely from Outside the U.S.
- Buying Medicines Safely Over the Internet
- International Efforts to Combat Counterfeit Drugs
- Flickr -- Counterfeit Drugs Photos
- FDA Global Strategic Framework for SSFFC Medical Products
- Reporting a Counterfeit Drug
- Speech by FDA Commissioner Hamburg on Counterfeit Medicine
- Counterfeit Alert Network
Do You Know?
- What can I do to help ensure I do not receive or take counterfeit medicine?
- What should I do if I believe I have received or taken counterfeit medicine?
- How to Protect Yourself