More than 33 pounds of Viagra seized by Cincinnati CBP officers

More than 33 pounds of Viagra seized by Cincinnati CBP officers
Approximately 10,350 pills were seized. (Source: CBP)

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Last Thursday, Cincinnati Customs and Border Protection officers seized 33.5 pounds, approximately 10,350 pills, of Viagra in two shipments destined to an individual in Brooklyn, New York.

According to CBP, if genuine, the pills would have had an estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price of approximately $238,050.

The bottles had labels stating they were made in the USA, but CBP officials say those claims are suspect as the pills were being imported from the Middle East with potential ties to Hong Kong and China.

“Our officers and specialists are exceptional at anticipating and identifying illicit shipments of controlled medications, and they are entrusted with enforcing hundreds of laws for other government agencies,” Cincinnati Port Director Richard Gillespie said in a news release. “We work to maintain our interagency ties to ensure a strong border with secure and compliant cross-border trade.”

According to CBP, prescription medications manufactured in non-regulated foreign companies often contain dangerous contaminants or ineffective compounds, and though their packaging and labeling can be similar to genuine products, inconsistent ingredients and sub-par quality controls can endanger the consumer.

“FDA is committed to protecting public health with our other government agency partners by working to secure the drug supply chain against counterfeit and unapproved medications that enter the United States through fraudulent sources,” Dan Solis, Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Enforcement and Import Operations in FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs said in the release.

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