FDA Commissioner Calls on Internet Companies to Reduce Opioid Availability Online – APhA submits compounding comments to FDA. – (866) 348-2889
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner, Scott Gottlieb, MD, expressed his concern that social media companies, internet service providers that host websites, and others in the internet ecosystem have not been proactive enough in rooting out illegal offers to distribute opioids from their respective platforms. During the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta, GA, on April 4, 2018, Dr Gottlieb said that the agency continues to find offers to purchase opioids all over social media and the internet, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, Google, Yahoo!, and Bing.
The magnitude of the public health emergency presented by the opioid crisis requires a change in mindset among internet companies and the adoption of a more responsible, collective approach to eliminating illegal opioid distribution via the internet, added Dr Gottlieb. FDA wants to work collaboratively with these firms to organize this action.