Contraceptive: Fake Contraceptive Patches Warning (cont.)

Photos contrasting the legitimate contraceptive patch with the counterfeit are on display at the FDA's website:

Women who have been sent contraceptive patches lacking proper labeling or not having the appearance of the approved Johnson and Johnson Ortho Evra product as described above should not use the product and should contact their healthcare providers immediately.

FDA's Office of Criminal Investigation is working with Johnson and Johnson and the Department of Homeland Security's Bureau of Immigration and Custom Enforcement's (ICE) Cyber Crimes Center to combat counterfeiting and other illegal internet drug sales and take effective action against those responsible. Trafficking in counterfeit, unapproved adulterated, or misbranded products is a felony violation of the Federal Food Drug, and Cosmetic Act. FDA is particularly grateful for the expeditious assistance in this matter provided by the ICE Cyber Crimes Center. The criminal investigation is ongoing.

To date no reports of pregnancies linked to this product have been received by FDA and distribution of the counterfeit products appears limited to this internet site.

Consumers seeking to buy safe and effective drugs via the internet should only purchase from internet sites bearing the Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites (VIPPS) seal showing that they are in accordance with the National Boards of Pharmacy standards.

Source: FDA Press Release P04-13, February 4, 2004

Last Editorial Review: 2/5/2004