The FDA either destroys the intercepted drugs or returns them to the sender—which leaves people with legitimate drug orders up the creek. (Photo: Sharrett/Bloomberg)

If you planned on saving money by ordering your prescriptions from Canada or somewhere else outside U.S. borders—or even if you’ve been doing that for some time—make sure you have a backup plan. In its quest to crack down on prohibited opiate deliveries and combat the opioid epidemic, the Food and Drug Administration under the Trump administration is seizing not just opioids but many other medications ordered by individuals who are just trying to save money on their prescriptions.

That’s according to reporting from Tarbell, which says that it’s not only a matter of people trying to save money; some of the drugs are no longer made in the U.S. and patients’ only alternative is to order them from outside the country.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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