Definition of Imported Drug

imported drugImported Drug – a drug or pharmaceutical product not manufactured in the country of purchase.

Countries may have differing requirements for testing and product safety for the manufacture and distribution of drugs within their borders.

In the United States the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has regulatory authority over drug production and distribution and establishes the standards for bringing drugs into the country.

Foreign Markets for Drugs

The Internet has dramatically broadened access to foreign markets for drugs. Many Americans are drawn to Internet purchasing because of the ease and convenience and because imported drugs are often less expensive than the same drugs purchased in the United States.

Health experts caution that drugs purchased through locations in other countries, either by mail order or via the Internet, may not meet US quality standards for purity, potency, and safety and may not be legal to bring into the country.

The FDA supports the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy’s Verified Internet Pharmacies Web site, This system provides another way for consumers to verify the legitimacy of online pharmacies.


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