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Prescription and over-the-counter drugs policy

Prescription drugs, or products containing prescription-strength medication, are not allowed. Over-the-counter medications, herbal products, vitamins and veterinary medicines must follow guidelines for listing.

Our policy aims to make sure that listings meet strict health and safety regulations.

What is the policy?

  • Prescription drugs, or products containing prescription-strength medication, aren't allowed
  • Tainted supplements identified in the FDA database - opens in new window or tab
  • Over-the-counter medication containing non-prescription-strength drugs must:
    • Clearly state the concentration of the prescription drug in the Item Specific provided
    • Not be expired prior to reaching the buyer, and clearly state the expiration in the description
    • Be in new, unused condition and in the original, unopened and undamaged packaging
  • Listings for herbal, holistic, or drug-like remedies and legal substances can't make non-FDA-approved health claims or be compared to any prescription drug
  • Vitamins and supplements must be in new, unused condition and in the original, unopened and undamaged packaging. They must not be expired, with the expiration date entered in the item specifics
  • All required labelling information must be in English
  • Injectable substances, including vitamins, and regardless of whether they’re available over the counter, aren't allowed 
  • Dental products with hydrogen peroxide over 3.5% aren't allowed
  • Veterinary medicines classified as General Sales List (GSL) or Over-the-Counter (OTC) by the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine - opens in new window or tab may be sold. However, any medication product listed below isn't allowed:
    • Does not have a marketing authorization for sale in the US
    • Requires a prescription
    • Repackaged over-the-counter medications, including flea and tick medications
    • Sentinel, Revolution, Heartgard, and Interceptor heartworm medicines
  • Eligible sellers can list over-the-counter naloxone nasal spray
  • Eligible sellers can list Opill and emergency contraceptives

Activity on eBay is required to follow this policy, the eBay User Agreement and all applicable laws, as well as respect the rights of third parties. If it doesn’t, eBay may take action consistent with applicable laws and the eBay User Agreement, and may even be legally required to do so. Such actions may include, as an example only: Removing the listing or other content, issuing a warning, restricting activity or account suspension.

Visit Seller Help - opens in new window or tab to find details of any policy issues with your account or listings, and get the information you need to quickly resolve them.

Why does eBay have this policy?

We don't allow the listing of prescription drugs, and restrict the listing of other drugs, to protect the safety of our members, and to follow government regulations.


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