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
- What should I do if I believe I have received or taken counterfeit medicine?
- How to Protect Yourself
- The Possible Dangers of Buying Medicines Over the Internet
- Consumer Education: Counterfeit Medicine
- FDA 101: Health Fraud Awareness
- Buying and Using Medicine Safely
- Buying Medicine Safely from Outside the U.S.
- Buying Medicines Safely Over the Internet
- Flickr -- Counterfeit Drugs Photos
- Counterfeit Alert Network
Guidance Documents and Reports
- FDA Guidance on Standards Development for Prescription Drug Supply Chain Security
- FDA Draft Guidance for Industry on Anticounterfeiting
- FDA Global Strategic Framework for SSFFC Medical Products
Other Government Resources
- Federal Trade Commission: Buying Prescription Drugs Online
- Drug Enforcement Administration: Buying Prescription Drugs Online