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FDA's drug importation data is wrong

71 out of 100 Top-Prescribed Drugs Sold Inside the U.S. Are Imported

White Plains, NY – July 17, 2018 – Research by shows that 71% of top brand-name medications sold in U.S. pharmacies are imported, demonstrating that the FDA's public statements on manufacturing are incorrect. Since 2010, FDA leadership has stated that 40% of finished medications and 80% of the active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) used to make all finished pharmaceuticals sold in the U.S. are foreign made.

Last year, PharmacyChecker researchers looked at the top 20 most-prescribed, brand-name drugs (from IMS Health data). By checking labels and calling pharmaceutical companies, it was discovered that fourteen medications were made outside the U.S. They looked at the next 20 and found the same results. Intrigued at those findings, PharmacyChecker continued to investigate places of manufacture of the 100 most popular brand-name medications to find that 71% of them were foreign-made - much greater than the 40% the FDA cites. Additionally, those same medications are available at 77% less from PharmacyChecker-verified international online pharmacies.

In a Government Accountability Office report from 1998, FDA data is cited to inform the U.S. Congress that 80% of the active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) used to make medications sold domestically are foreign-made. Twelve years later, the FDA stated the same figure - 80% - in congressional testimony to communicate a vast increase in foreign-made APIs, yet the number was unchanged. It was again used in 2015.

"The FDA not only tells people it's not safe to buy medicines outside the country to save money, which is not true, but it apparently doesn't even know how much of our own drug supply is dependent on importation," says PharmacyChecker President, Gabriel Levitt. "Clearly, most of our so-called American medicines are not made in America and yet we have to pay multiple times the cost of the same drug sold in Canada and other countries. That's why millions of Americans choose to import lower-cost medication for their own use, even with the practice prohibited under most circumstances. Properly informed consumers stick to PharmacyChecker-verified international online pharmacies, which can help the uninsured and underinsured afford medicines that are out of reach locally."

PharmacyChecker analyzed brand-name drugs, but a potentially greater number of generic drugs sold in the U.S. are foreign-made as well. Generics accounted for about 89% of all medicines dispensed each year, with one country, India, responsible for the manufacture of 40% of generics sold in the U.S.

Where U.S. Brand Name Drugs Come From
Brand Name Drug Sold in U.S. Country of Manufacture
Abilify Japan
Advair Diskus UK
Advair HFA* UK
Afluria Australia
Aggrenox Germany
Alphagan P USA
Amitiza USA
Armour Thyroid USA
Asmanex Twisthaler Singapore
Atripla Canada
Avodart Ireland
Azor Germany
Benicar Japan
Benicar HCT Japan
Bystolic USA
Carafate Oral suspension Canada
Celebrex Singapore
Chantix Ireland
Cialis USA (Puerto Rico)
Combigan USA
Combivent Respimat Germany
Crestor Belgium
Dexilant Japan
Diovan USA
Dulera UK
Durezol USA
Effient Japan
Eliquis USA
Enbrel USA
Epiduo Canada
Exelon Germany
Exforge Switzerland
Flovent HFA UK
Focalin XR USA
Humalog USA
Humalog Kwikpen USA
Humira USA
Humulin R USA
Invokana Italy or USA (Puerto Rico)
Janumet UK
Januvia UK
Lantus Germany
Lantus Solostar Germany
Latuda Japan
Levemir Denmark
Levemir Flexpen Denmark
Levemir Flextouch Denmark
Linzess USA
Lo Loestrin Fe Germany
Lotemax (gel) France
Lumigan Ireland
Lyrica Singapore
Minastrin 24 Fe USA (Puerto Rico)
Myrbetriq Japan or Italy
Namenda USA
Namenda XR Ireland
Nasonex Singapore
Nexium Sweden
Norvir Italy
Novolog Denmark
Novolog Flexpen Denmark
Novolog Flxpen Mix 70/30 Denmark
Nuvaring Netherlands
Onglyza Ireland
Ortho-Tri-Cyclen Lo 28 USA (Puerto Rico)
Oxycontin USA
Pataday USA
Patanol USA
Pradaxa Germany or Italy
Premarin Canada
Premarin Vaginal Cream Canada
Pristiq Singapore
Proventil HFA Italy
Ranexa USA
Relpax Ireland
Seroquel XR Belgium
Spiriva Handihaler Germany
Strattera USA or UK
Suboxone USA or UK
Symbicort France
Synthroid USA (Puerto Rico)
Tamiflu USA
Toprol-XL* Sweden
Tradjenta Germany
Travatan Z USA
Truvada Canada
Uloric Italy
Ventolin HFA UK
Vesicare Ireland
Viagra Ireland
Victoza 3-Pak Denmark
Viibryd Taiwan
Voltaren Gel Germany
Vytorin Singapore
Vyvanse USA
Welchol Austria
Xarelto Germany or USA (Puerto Rico)
Xopenex HFA USA
Zetia USA
Zostavax USA

Drug selection is based on Q1 2015 IMS Health Data of the top 100 brand-name medications sold in the United States.

Manufacturing locations found via and calling pharmaceutical companies.

ABOUT PHARMACYCHECKER is the only independent company monitoring and verifying the credentials of international online pharmacies and publishing the prices at which drugs are available from these licensed pharmacies. PharmacyChecker was founded in 2002 by Tod Cooperman, M.D. to assist Americans searching online to save money on medication. PharmacyChecker's verifications and price comparisons have been referenced by AARP Magazine, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and others.