Supposing you found an online pharmacy advocating counterfeit drugs or engaging in illegal practices. Or lets say, you are a victim of such counterfeit prescriptions. What would you do? How would you report about the pharmacy to the government bodies that regulate online pharmacies? Below are a few ways to help you out:
Report to the FDA: The Food and Drug Administration of the United States is the best authority to which you can report a counterfeit drug. Below are the ways to report to the FDA:
1. Reporting Emergency: If the situation is an emergency which requires immediate attention, you can call the agency’s emergency number at 303-443-1240. This number is available for 24 hours and you can report any critical cases of tampered drug products.
2. Reporting Non-Emergency: If you encounter counterfeit or wrong medical products, including medicines, medical devices, special nutritionals etc., you can report to FDA’s Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program, MedWatch. You can view the How-to report page for more details.
3. Reporting Vaccines: If you or your friend or family member is experiencing adverse reaction to vaccines brought from online pharmacies, you can report to Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System and fill a copy of the vaccine reporting form or call 1-800-822-7967 or get the form from here.
4. Reporting Veterinary or Pet Medications: You ought to report medication errors in pet products to FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine to FDA-VETS at 1-888-332-8387 or fill this reporting form.
5. FDA’s Consumer Complaint Coordinators: If you face problems with FDA-regulated products, you can also contact your FDA district office for your area’s Consumer Complaints Coordinator. You can use the Fed Relay service to call the agency at 1-800-877-8339. There are coordinators for each and every state. You can find the list of their official telephone numbers in the FDA website.
6. Reporting Unlawful Sales of Medications: While all the above contacts are for reporting counterfeit or fake drugs, here’s an option to report about the pharmacy that sells such drugs. In case of a serious problem, you can report to 1-800-332-1088 or fax your issue to 1-800-FDA-0178.
Report to the NABP: The National Association of Board of Pharmacies is the regulatory body that develops standards for internet pharmacies and helps the FDA control and monitor pharmacies all over the United States. You can report to the NABP too if you face with an illegal or fake internet pharmacy:
7. Reporting Suspicious Internet Pharmacy: If you find a particular pharmacy to be engaging in illegal practices or operating in unlawful ways, you can report to the NABP through a form given in this website, www.nabp.net . Instead, if you want to report directly to a particular agency in your state, you can check the list of member agencies of the NABP in its web page here
8. Reporting Suspected Counterfeit Drugs: There is another way of reporting suspected counterfeits too. They are you can write to firstname.lastname@example.org . You can in turn contact the concerned online pharmacy or the original manufacturer of the drug.