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Prescription drugs to the U.S.
Senders and recipients must be aware it’s completely at the discretion of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) whether to allow entry of drugs into the U.S. Mailing of any items containing prescription drugs or any other FDA controlled or regulated products (for example, cosmetics) is solely at your own risk.
You can visit the FDA website for more information.
The position of CBP is that, in virtually all instances, individual citizens aren’t allowed to import prescription drugs into the United States. When CBP brings personal shipments of drugs and devices that appear violative to the FDA’s attention, FDA personnel will use their discretion to decide on a case-by-case basis whether to detain, refuse, or allow entry of the product. The FDA may allow a person entering the United States to import a 3-month supply of an unopened drug if:
- The intended use (of the drug) isn’t approved and for a serious condition for which effective treatment may not be available domestically either through commercial or clinical means.
- There’s no known commercialization or promotion to people living in the U.S. by those involved in the product's distribution.
- The FDA considers the product not to be an unreasonable risk.
- The person wanting to import the product affirms in writing that it’s for their own use (no more than a 3-month supply) and either:
- Gives the name and address of the doctor licensed in the U.S. responsible for their treatment with the product
- Offers evidence that the product is for the continuation of a treatment begun in a foreign country (outside the U.S.).
Please note: The second bullet under item 4 may apply to Canadian citizens visiting the U.S. Thus, you should supply documentation to show that this factor exists.
This required documentation might include:
- A U.S. or foreign prescription
- An affirmation of personal use
- Proof of Canadian citizenship
In spite of any product specification about liability coverage to the contrary, we’ll have no liability whatsoever for loss, delay, or damage of cross-border shipments containing drugs.
Likewise, despite any provision to the contrary, you can't buy liability coverage from us for cross-border shipments containing drugs.
You can visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website for more information.
We’re providing this information as a convenience only. All of this information is subject to change without notice, and we don't guarantee its accuracy or completeness. It's your responsibility to make sure that you are complying with all applicable requirements when you send or receive international mail items.