The Food and Drug Administration states that Dollar Tree can sell unsafe drugs and cosmetics.
Federal authorities shut down the discount chain with a warning to sell potentially unsafe medicines from foreign manufacturers.
Earlier this month, the FDA sent a warning letter to Greenbrier International, which operates as Dollar Tree, stating that Dollar Tree's receipt of counterfeit medicines from suppliers had received separate FDA warnings and was placed on import notice. These products included acne for the treatment of acne and acne pills.
The FDA's letter states that some of the products came from foreign companies with a pattern of breaking the law, such as not testing raw materials or drugs for pathogens.
The FDA also said that one company contracted by Dollar Tree had "rodent feces found throughout the production plant."
"Some of these generic products purchased from a non-regulated country may have something in them," says Nidhin Mohan of New Island Pharmacy.
Mohan also states that when buying medicine without medicine, it is best to shop in a place where a pharmacist is available. "It's best to go to a place where you know that regulators are controlling them. Make sure you talk to a pharmacist before taking any medication so you know you are safe to do so," says he. [1
Federal officials say Dollar Tree has 15 days to respond to the FDA and failure to rectify the violations can lead to legal action, including seizures and injunctions.