The FDA says it has received reports that several prescription drugs bought online and supplied by Mediplan Prescription Plus Pharmacy or Mediplan Global Health in Manitoba, Canada, have been identified as conterfeit versions. According to the FDA, the matter is being investigated with the help of international law enforcement authorities.

People should avoid buying prescription drugs from the following web sites, which are either operated by Mediplan or get their goods from Mediplan, says the FDA:

-- www.RxNorth.com
-- www.Canadiandrugstore.com
-- www.Rxbyfax.com
-- www.Northcountryrx.com
-- www.Canada-pharmacy.com
-- www.My-canada-pharmacy.com
-- www.NLRX.com
-- www.Canampharmacy.com
-- www.Canada-Meds-For-Less.net
-- www.Canadian-safe.com

The FDA stresses that people who have bought precription drugs online from these web sites should not use them as there is a serious chance they may be unsafe. Several lab tests are currently underway to try to find out how many different conterfeit versions of drugs are being sold.

So far, the following drugs have been identified as conterfeit (fakes):

-- LIPITOR(for cholesterol disorders)
-- CRESTOR(for cholesterol disorders)
-- ZETIA (US name) / EZETROL (Canadian name)(for cholesterol disorders)
-- DIOVAN (for high blood pressure)
-- HYZAAR (for high blood pressure)
-- ACTONEL (for osteoporosis in postmenopausal women)
-- NEXIUM(for gastroesophageal reflux disease - GERD)
-- CELEBREX (for arthritis-related pain)
-- ARIMIDEX (for breast cancer)
-- PROPECIA (for male-pattern baldness)

Written by: Christian Nordqvist
Editor: Medical News Today