Since Jan. 1, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a total of 103 warning letters to firms selling or distributing over 904,000 unauthorized vaping products and who did not submit premarket tobacco product applications (PMTAs) by the Sept. 9 deadline.
In April alone, the regulatory agency issued a total of 24 warning letters to companies that manufacture and sell unauthorized e-liquids, advising them that selling products which lack premarket authorization is illegal and therefore they cannot be sold or distributed in the U.S. While each of these 24 warning letters cites specific products as examples of tobacco products that lack the required premarket authorization, collectively these firms have listed a combined total of more than 154,000 products with the FDA, according to an FDA statement.
The 103rd warning letter was issued on March 6 and posted to the FDA’s website on the same day. The 103rd letter was received Mississippi-based Custom Vapes. The FDA states that the company did “manufacture, sell, and/or distribute to customers in the United States Custom Vapes Amaretto 3MG 3ML 70VG/30PG e-liquid product without a marketing authorization order.” The company is a registered manufacturer with over 2,300 products listed with the regulatory agency.
Unfortunately, the FDA often only lists a product or two that a company is selling as illegal. It then states that there may be more, but it is impossible to know if the warnings encompass all the company’s registered products.
Companies that receive warning letters from the FDA have to submit a written response to the letter within 15 working days from the date of receipt describing the company’s corrective actions, including the dates on which it discontinued the violative sale, and/or distribution of the products. They also require the company’s plan for maintaining compliance with the FD&C Act in the future.