The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued warning letters to 17 website operators for illegally selling opioids such as tramadol and oxycodone to consumers without prescriptions, and marketing them without adequate directions for use.
Aside from the obvious risk of abuse, misuse, addiction, and overdose, opioid use during pregnancy can also lead to withdrawal symptoms in newborn babies. When taken with other central nervous system depressants, including alcohol, opioid use may result in coma or death.
Companies selling the pills without the supervision of a licensed health care provider is not only dangerous, it is in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
Consumers should also be aware that drugs sold from illegal online pharmacies may also be counterfeit, contaminated, expired, or otherwise unsafe, the FDA said Plus, these companies may also pose other risks to consumers such as credit card fraud, identity theft, and computer viruses.
“Those who illegally sell opioids online put consumers at risk and undermine the significant strides we have made to combat the opioid crisis,” said Donald D. Ashley, director of the Office of Compliance in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.
The warning letters were issued to the operators of the following websites:
- Thomas Meds
The warning letters are part of the FDA’s effort to take action against the illegal sale of opioids online and address the national opioid crisis. “We remain committed to using all available tools to stop the illegal sale of opioids online to help protect consumers from these potentially dangerous products,” Ashley said.
Lawyers in Beasley Allen’s Mass Torts Section are representing local governments holding opioid companies accountable for overdose deaths and economic damages in their communities caused by this crisis.