Safety Alerts & Recalls
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If you buy medicine from the Internet, please be sure the Internet pharmacy that you use is licensed by the appropriate state boards of pharmacy. Legitimate Internet pharmacies will display a seal from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy - known as VIPPS seal or Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites. VIPPS pharmacies are listed at www.vipps.info
For more information about how to buy medicines online, go to: www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/BuyingUsingMedicineSafely/BuyingMedicinesOvertheInternet
If you have bought "generic Tamiflu" from the Internet, the FDA advises consumers not to use this product. Instead, contact FDA's Office of Criminal Investigations by calling 800-551-3989 or by visiting www.fda.gov/OCI
If you think you are experiencing an allergic reaction from a fake Tamiflu product, please seek medical attention immediately. If you have any other concerns about Tamiflu products, please follow up with your doctor.
FDA Warns That Generic Tamiflu From Internet Is Fake and Could Be Harmful
The U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA) is warning consumers that a fake version of Tamiflu is being sold on the Internet. Tamiflu is an antiviral medicine used in treatment of the flu. Investigators found the drug was being sold as "generic Tamiflu," even though the FDA has not approved a generic version of Tamiflu.
The unapproved "generic Tamiflu" actually contains cloxacillin, an ingredient in the same class as penicillin. The FDA warns that the fake Tamiflu could result in a life-threatening reaction in people who are allergic to penicillin. Severely allergic persons could experience difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the throat or tongue; hives; dizziness; loss of consciousness; and a rapid or weak pulse. So far, FDA is not aware of any reports of adverse reactions.
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