The Food and Drug Administration sent a warning letter to the parent company of Dollar Tree and Family Dollar for importing drugs from foreign manufacturers that have a history of ignoring federal laws. The FDA pointed out numerous examples of the Chinese companies failing to test raw materials or the finished drugs for pathogens. In one case, the FDA cited a report that found rodent feces throughout a manufacturing facility.
The "potentially unsafe drugs" include acne treatment pads and over-the-counter medications sold under the Assured brand.
“Americans expect and deserve drugs that are safe, effective, and that meet our standards for quality,” Donald D. Ashley, director of the office of compliance in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in a press release. “The importation and distribution of drugs and other products from manufacturers that violate federal law is unacceptable.”
Dollar Tree issued a statement saying they are working with the FDA to remedy the situation.
"We are committed to our customers' safety and have very robust and rigorous testing programs in place to ensure our third-party manufacturers' products are safe," Randy Guiler, vice president of investor relations at Dollar Tree, said. "Each of the items referenced in the report are topical, and not ingestible, products. As always, we are cooperating with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). We plan to meet with the FDA in the near future and expect that our plans will satisfy their requirements in all regards."
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