Unapproved medicines seized in Milwaukee

On Valentine’s Day, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Milwaukee intercepted a shipment containing antibiotics and other medicines that were suspected of having been imported illegally into the US.

The confiscation of 72 amoxicillin 100mg capsules, six vials of penicillin Powder, eight 8mg vials of betamethasone, and 200 diclofenac 100mg tablets took place at an Express Consignment Operations hub.

Working with the FDA, CBP seized the shipment of foreign unapproved medications, which was arriving from Mexico and was heading to a residence in Milwaukee. Prescription medications are regulated by FDA, because unapproved products can contain unknown ingredients that may be ineffective or dangerous.

“Consumer health and safety are our key concerns when Customs and Border Protection officers enforce prescription medication imports,” said LaFonda Sutton-Burke, director of field operations at CBP’s Chicago Field Office.

“Counterfeit products that you ingest could seriously hurt you. They are manufactured in unregulated and unsanitary facilities with ingredients that you cannot be sure are authentic.”

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