Administering Overseas Drugs to Medicare Patients

May 1, 2008

We are getting solicitations from companies who are selling products like Hyalgan and Boniva for less than 50 percent of the retail price in the United States. The meds are supposedly manufactured in the United States. Is purchasing medications from such companies and administering them to Medicare patients allowed?

Question: We are getting solicitations from companies who are selling products like Hyalgan and Boniva for less than 50 percent of the retail price in the United States. The meds are supposedly manufactured in the United States. Is purchasing medications from such companies and administering them to Medicare patients allowed?

Answer: There is a risk to you to selling patients drugs that the FDA has not approved (this includes all imported drugs). The Florida Board of Medicine and Florida Medical Association - as well as organizations in other states - are both against physician involvement in the importation of drugs.