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Re: importation of medication into the U.S. 10derHeart

Posted by Larry Hoover on March 31, 2007, at 7:51:11

In reply to Re: HOW TO ORDER SOLIAN OVERSEAS!! ******READ HERE Honore, posted by 10derHeart on March 30, 2007, at 18:48:04

> > If you have a prescription, it;s legal to import small amounts for personal use, if the drug is not manufactured or available in the US.
>
> <shrug> Perhaps, I'm not sure. You are probably right. I was only posting about the FDA approval issue.
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> > It's not illegal, as long as you have a prescription, and are only buying enough of the drug for personal use.
>
> As long as the drug is FDA approved, which Jeroen stated in his post this one was not.
>
> The U.S. Customs website seems clear:

I cut the link because it looked garbled in my edit window.

True, the Customs actions are rather cut and dried, but the FDA follow-up is discretionary, and applied on a case-by-case basis. If a treatment is unavailable in the U.S., and the treatment (i.e. imported medication) is not judged to constitute a serious risk, and the treated condition is serious, the medication will generally be allowed entry. One restriction is that the imported quantity should not exceed the amount required for 90 days treatment ....again, in the discretion of the examiner.

It's important to order supplies from a reputable source. As most medication from Europe, for example, is blister-packed and fully labelled, you're not likely to have any problems with the FDA. If a baggy of unlabelled pills comes to their attention, I'd expect a different response.

See:
http://www.fda.gov/ora/compliance_ref/rpm_new2/ch9pers.html

Dr. Bob has a site policy that is more restrictive than that of the FDA. That's a separate issue, and I'm grateful that this thread has been brought into compliance without punitive actions against well-meaning people.

Lar

 

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