$1M worth of counterfeit Viagra pills headed to Michigan seized at the border

phony Viagra seized at the border
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By WWJ Newsradio 950

(WWJ) U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers have seized a shipment of counterfeit Viagra that was headed to a residence in Michigan. 

Borders agents in Chicago discovered the pills — arriving from Istanbul, Turkey on Sunday — that officials say violated FDA laws and could be dangerous to consumers.

The shipment that contained 15,000 tablets marked and packaged as Viagra 100mg tablets, and varying brands of honey mixed with Sildenafil, which is used to treat erectile dysfunction.The pills were in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA), which prohibits the introduction of any food, drug, device, tobacco product, or cosmetic that is adulterated or misbranded. These pills, which were misbranded, were seized and turned over to the FDA Office of Criminal Investigation for further investigation.

If the pills were real, approved by the FDA and sold at the Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), officials say they would have been worth $1,065,000.

Officials caution that unapproved prescriptions may be manufactured using incorrect or harmful ingredients. This medicine, which may not work and could be harmful, is then packaged and labeled to look like the real thing. “Our officers are dedicated to identifying and intercepting these types of shipments that could potentially harm our communities,” said Shane Campbell, Port Director-Chicago. “Consumers do not realize the risk they are taking when using prescription drugs from other countries. These non-regulated drugs could cause health concerns or even death."

Buyers are encouraged to only buy Viagra and all medications from reliable sources, and to confirm that their purchases comply with any state and federal import regulations.