Counterfeit Lipitor, Viagra, and Evista Sold in Mexican Border Towns

FDA Warns Consumers About Counterfeit Drugs Purchased in Mexico

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning the public about the sale of counterfeit versions of Lipitor, Viagra, and an unapproved product promoted as "generic Evista" to U.S. consumers at pharmacies in Mexican border towns.

Consumers who have any of these counterfeit products should not use them and should contact their healthcare provider immediately. FDA is warning consumers that prescription drugs purchased in foreign countries are not regulated by the FDA and do not carry the same FDA assurances of safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality as drugs purchased within the United States.

Counterfeit versions of Lipitor (atorvastatin) (a cholesterol-lowering drug), Viagra (sildenafil) (a treatment for erectile dysfunction ), and Evista (raloxifene) (a treatment and prevention medication for osteoporosis in postmenopausal women) can pose significant risks to consumers. Counterfeit Lipitor that contains no active ingredient or not enough active ingredient could present a long-term risk for the various complications of high cholesterol , such as heart disease. The counterfeit product purchased in Mexico was associated with several reports of high cholesterol in consumers who had used the product. Counterfeit Viagra that contains little or no active ingredient would be less effective than a legitimate product or altogether ineffective. Women who take the substandard generic Evista product that contains no active ingredient may be at risk for developing osteoporosis or for having their osteoporosis progress.