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Prescription Drugs' Use and Canada

2004-10-26 23:21

Greg Thompson, Pharm.D, a pharmacy professor at the University of Southern California, agrees. "Getting drugs from Canada under the doctor's orders is different than getting drugs from Mexico on your own," he says. "Regulations in Mexico aren't as strict." But even if you obtain drugs from a place or in a manner that you consider to be safe, according to the FDA, you are almost always obtaining unapproved drugs.\n

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Limits on Re-Importation of Prescription Drugs

2004-10-26 23:05

The FD&C Act also states that prescription drugs made in the United States and exported to a foreign country can only be re-imported by the drug's original manufacturer. Even when original manufacturers re-import drugs, the drugs must be real, properly handled, and relabeled for sale in the United States if necessary.

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Benefits of a Closed System of Drugs Distribution

2004-10-26 22:25

Under the FD&C Act, the interstate shipment of any prescription drug that lacks required FDA approval is illegal. Interstate shipment includes importation--bringing drugs from a foreign country into the United States. Drugs sold in the United States also must have proper labeling that conforms with the FDA's requirements, and must be made in accordance with good manufacturing practices.\n

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Imported Drugs Raise Safety Concerns

2004-10-26 22:16

Whether you're searching for a cheaper price or dodging the doctor's office, the FDA warns against using unapproved drugs. And just because a drug is approved in a foreign country, that doesn't mean it's approved in the United States. Drug standards and regulations vary from country to country and the FDA is responsible only for those marketed and sold inside the United States.

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Can inactivated influenza virus vaccine be used after its expiration date?

2004-10-24 22:49

FDA does not recommend the use of any vaccine beyond the labeled expiration date. The primary purpose of the expiration date is to ensure that vaccines used in clinical practice meet their release specifications, which ensures that they continue to be safe and efficacious. Release specifications include potency (strength), content of excipients, and sterility.

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Influenza Virus Vaccine

2004-10-24 22:43

Influenza, also known as the flu, is a contagious disease that is caused by influenza viruses. Influenza viruses infect the respiratory tract (nose, throat, and lungs) in humans. The flu is different from a cold, mainly because the symptoms and complications are more severe. Influenza usually comes on suddenly and may include these symptoms: fever, headache, malaise (a feeling of being ill and without energy that can be extreme), cough, sore throat, nasal congestion and body aches.

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