Officers find more than 900 Viagra pills in man’s bag at PHL, officials say

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An American returning home from the Dominican Republic was carrying more than 900 erectile dysfunction pills at Philadelphia International Airport, officials said.

The man arrived at Philly International on Sunday after flying from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers conducted an in-flight inspection of baggage unloaded from the flight. They then discovered 912 Sildenafil 100mg tablets and 71 Liquid Sildenafil Citrate 15ml bottles. Sildenafil citrate is the generic name for Viagra, a popular erectile dysfunction drug.

Officers informed other CBP Federal Inspection officers of another baggage examination. The man admitted not having the required prescription, officials said. Officers seized the drugs and the man was released. He will not face any charges.

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prohibits the importation of generic versions of FDA-approved drugs from foreign countries. Officials say there is no assurance that foreign versions of FDA-approved drugs were properly manufactured, safe or effective.

Those traveling with medication must have a valid prescription or doctor’s note written in English for the medication they are bringing into the United States and the medication must be in its original packaging with the doctor’s instructions printed on the bottle . Travelers are not permitted to import more than a 90 day supply.

Read more FDA guidance on traveling with medications here.

You can also read more about prohibited products on your trips here.

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