Dollar stores are popping up all over the U.S. In fact, they are becoming one of the leading brand of stores in both low-income and rural areas. But the now, the US Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning letter to one of the most popular dollar stores, Dollar Tree. Dollar Tree has been receiving and then selling over-the-counter drugs produced by foreign manufacturers that have been found to be adulterated, including acne treatment pads and Assured brand drugs.
A letter from the FDA was sent earlier this month to Greenbrier International Inc., which does business as Dollar Tree — describes Dollar Tree’s receipt of adulterated drugs from manufacturers and suppliers that had received separate FDA warning letters last year and were placed on “import alert.”
The letter outlines “multiple violations” of manufacturing practices at those contract manufacturers used to produce Dollar Tree’s Assured Brand over-the-counter drugs as well as other drug products sold at Dollar Tree and Family Dollar stores.
In its warning letter to Dollar Tree, the FDA is requesting that the company implement a system to ensure that it does not import adulterated drugs.
“Americans expect and deserve drugs that are safe, effective and that meet our standards for quality. The importation and distribution of drugs and other products from manufacturers that violate federal law is unacceptable,” Donald D. Ashley, director of the Office of Compliance in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in a news release on Thursday.
“In this case, Dollar Tree has the ultimate responsibility to ensure that it does not sell potentially unsafe drugs and other FDA-regulated products to Americans,” he said. “We will remain vigilant in our efforts to protect the U.S. public from companies who put the health of Americans at risk — whether through the manufacturing and distribution of products we regulate or other means.”
In response, the Dollar Tree company, which operates stores under the Dollar Tree and Family Dollar brands, said that it is…