Unauthorized coronavirus medication seized at Port of Seattle

Unauthorized coronavirus medication seized at Port of Seattle
FILE PHOTO: Officers with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Wednesday seized a shipment of unauthorized pills to treat COVID-19 at the Port of Seattle. (Free-Images.com/Free-Images.com)

SEATTLE — Officers with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Wednesday seized a shipment of unauthorized pills to treat COVID-19 at the Port of Seattle.

According to a news release, officers seized 360 pills.

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“The use of unauthorized medications can give consumers a false sense of security and prove fatal in some instances,” officials said. “Unauthorized products that claim to cure, treat or prevent serious illnesses such as COVID-19 may cause individuals to delay or stop appropriate medical treatment, leading to serious harm.”

CBP is working with the Food and Drug Administration to protect U.S. consumers from fake or harmful medications.

“We show vigilance in carrying out our mission to protect the American public, whether it be terrorist weapons or dangerous medications,” Seattle Area Port Director Clay Thomas said. “The men and women of CBP value our enforcement partnerships and are proud to work with the dedicated FDA team to further protect the public.”