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Prescription and over-the-counter drugs policy

Prescription drugs, or drugs containing prescription strength medication, are not allowed.

Our policy for the sale of medical drugs aims to make sure that any listings in this category meet strict health and safety regulations.

What is the policy?

  • Prescription drugs or drugs containing prescription strength medication are not 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 description
    • 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
  • Herbal, holistic, or drug-like remedies can't imply any non-government-approved treatments, or be compared to any prescription drug
  • Vitamins, supplements and healthcare items must be in new, unused condition and in the original, unopened and undamaged packaging
  • It is not allowed to claim any health benefits from legal substances that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hasn't approved
  • Veterinary medicines classified as GSL, or OTC by the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine - opens in new window or tab may be sold, however, any medication product listed below is not allowed:
    • Does not have a marketing authorization for sale in the US
    • Requires a prescription defined by the FDA
    • Any injectable substances, including vitamins, and regardless of whether they’re available over the counter
    • Repackaged over-the-counter medications, including flea and tick medications
    • Sentinel, Revolution, Heartgard, and Interceptor heartworm medicines

Activity that doesn't follow eBay policy could result in a range of actions including for example: administratively ending or canceling listings, hiding or demoting all listings from search results, lowering seller rating, buying or selling restrictions, and account suspension. All fees paid or payable in relation to listings or accounts on which we take any action will not be refunded or otherwise credited to your account.

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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