FDA starts pilot scheme to enhance the security of medicine imports

27 February 2014

A US FDA pilot project aimed at enhancing the security of imported medicines has got underway. The programme should allow the agency to focus its surveillance efforts on high-risk shipments that are most likely to be adulterated or counterfeit, whilst cutting red tape and delays for low-risk imports.
Up to 40% of the drugs Americans take are manufactured outside US borders, while 80% of the active pharmaceutical ingredients come from foreign sources. It is widely recognised that the FDA will never have the capacity to screen all imported drug shipments so the new risk-based approach should help it direct resources most effectively (Website Securing Industry, 20 February 2014).
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