This is an evolving situation. Please see updates here: http://www.smarternootropics.com/2014/02/india-pharmaceutical-dropshipping-update/
A couple of days ago I was approached by a source involved in the supplement/nootropics trade asking what I knew about customs love letters in the US, and if I’d heard of anyone recently on the forums receiving any. The supplier stated that they had received seven customers reporting love letters all on the same day.
A couple days later the same source told me that they had received emails from three of their suppliers in India, to the effect that the “FDA is on the ground” and that they’re working with the USPS and the local Indian authorities to shut down pharmaceutical dropshipping.
I then received this email forwarded to me this morning [Posted with some redactions to protect the source]:
The FDA are inspecting all dropshippers in India. This is going to be a huge problem. For now nobody is doing any shipping out of India. They came to my office and are even checking bank accounts, stocks emails. Everything. There is going to be a group of people gathering together on Monday in the dropshipping industry. These are some seriously wealthy people. They are meeting about what is going to happen, and what they can do. Who can be paid. The U.S. is putting a lot of pressure. In the past they have inspected us but I have never seen them take it this seriously. Anyone caught dropshipping from India right now will be looking at a prison sentence.
Unless you have some good contacts then the pharmaceutical shipping industry may be dead as we know it. It happened in China. I was shut down overnight. Anyone caught shipping pharma faces a 10 year jail sentence.
I will do my best to keep you up to date as I get more information. If anyone hears anything, please comment below. If you are an American, I strongly recommend you do not order anything that’s illegal in the U.S. – If you live outside the U.S., then this may affect your ability to get legal medications in your own country.
I have received another email now forwarded to me which seems to corroborate the first.
sorry for inform you this .that in india there is huge problem as fda- india has been stopped all dropshipping businee from yesterday and there is worst condition here…so till this issue solved we could not able to provide you dropshipping service more i will update you next week
and please do not send me order two dayes i will conform you then you send me order
While it is illegal to purchase scheduled substances in the United States (such as modafinil), many other countries around the world allow their citizens to purchase pharmaceuticals from abroad (such as the United Kingdom).
Due to India’s patent laws (or lack of) they are major world producer of generic medicines. These restrictions may end up affecting the world in general’s ability to get affordable medication.
It looks like this is real. If anyone has information, please let us know. Feel free to email through out contact page or post your comments below.
www.modup.net is deferring taking orders until the current situation is straightened out (They’re expecting Tuesday, 2/4/2014)
www.mymodafinil.com has reduced the list of countries that they are shipping to.
www.medsforbitcoin.com have stopped taking orders until a later date (They’re also expecting Tuesday, 2/4/2014)
RXRex is having a shipping delay until Feb 8th
http://www.modafico.com/ has removed their PayPal account and are no longer accepting orders.
UPDATE: The Indian FDA is headed by Mahesh Zagade, and he has publicly warned chemists against “mis-selling drugs,” and announced that they will be starting to perform “Safety Audits”. (http://www.dnaindia.com/pune/report-fda-commissioner-warns-chemists-against-mis-selling-drugs-1958878)
UPDATE: The FDA has shut down four of Ranbaxy’s medical plants. Ranbaxy is a major manufacturer of generic Provigil (modafinil). (http://www.financialexpress.com/news/ranbaxy-laboratories-on-a-slippery-slope/1222716)
UPDATE: Indian FDA is demanding greater regulatory powers comparable to the US’s FDA. Potentially related to the recent crackdown. (http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/companies/indian-drug-regulator-wants-investigative-powers-like-us-fda/article5645959.ece)
FINAL UPDATE: I spoke with Sophie over at ModUp.net and she told me that the chemists they work with are affected by this situation but it looks hopeful that they will be shipping again by the end of this week.