Legal Question in International Law in Virginia

Is ordering medicine online from India without a prescription legal in regards to any int'l, federal, local, or U. S. Postal Service laws?

Specifically, methlyprednisolone (medrol), a steroid

which can be used to treat severe allergies and

inflammation, and requires a prescription in the USA.

The medicine would be used for personal use.

Asked on 9/30/10, 3:55 pm

1 Answer from Attorneys

Michael E. Hendrickson Attorney & Counsellor at Law

The importation of medicines which require a prescription in the U.S. apparently violates Federal Drug Administration regulations as well as federal laws, but currently there appears to be little enforcement by the federal government of such laws targeted against consumers who import these medicines only for personal use (unlike international drug suppliers who seem

to be primarily the focus of such enforcement efforts by the government).

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Answered on 10/05/10, 7:07 pm


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