Over 33 pounds of Viagra seized by Cincinnati CBP officers

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CINCINNATI (FOX19) – Last Thursday, Cincinnati Customs and Border Protection Officers seized 33.5 pounds, or approximately 10,350 pills, of Viagra from two shipments destined for an individual in Brooklyn, New York.

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

The bottles had labels saying they were made in the United States, but CBP officials say those claims are suspicious because the pills were imported from the Middle East with potential links to Hong Kong and China.

“Our officers and specialists are exceptional at anticipating and identifying illicit shipments of controlled drugs, and they are responsible for enforcing hundreds of laws for other government agencies,” Port of Cincinnati Director Richard Gillespie said in a statement. A press release. “We are working to maintain our inter-agency ties to ensure a strong border with secure and compliant cross-border trade.”

According to CBP, prescription drugs made in unregulated foreign companies often contain dangerous contaminants or ineffective compounds, and although their packaging and labeling may be similar to genuine products, inconsistent ingredients and inferior quality controls may endanger the consumer.

“The FDA is committed to protecting public health with our other partner government agencies by working to secure the drug supply chain against counterfeit and unapproved drugs entering the United States through fraudulent sources,” said Dan Solis, Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Import Enforcement and Operations. in the FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs, the statement said.

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