FDA Warns About Fraudulent Tamiflu

Posted on June 20, 2010

The FDA has warned about a fake Tamiflu product that is being sold online. Tamiflu contains a drug called oseltamivir. The fake Internet drug contains cloxacillin instead of oseltamivir. Cloxacillin is an ingredient in the same class of antibiotics as penicillin. It can cause a serious allergic reaction in people who are allergic to penicillin products. The drug is being billed as a "Generic Tamiflu." There is no generic Tamiflu on the market.

The FDA says it purchased the fraudulent "Generic Tamiflu" without a prescription on a website that claimed it was a legitimate online drugstore.

Commissioner of Food and Drugs Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. says in a statement, "A rogue Internet website marketing drug products may look like a professional and legitimate website, but may actually be an illegal operation. Medicines purchased from websites operating outside the law put consumers at increased risk due to a higher potential that the products will be counterfeit, impure, contaminated, or have too little or too much of the active ingredient."

Here is what the fake drug looks like:

Fraudulent Tamiflu

Photo: FDA