Listing Policy: Drugs & Drug Paraphernalia

 Drugs, Drug Paraphernalia, & Illegal Drug Containing Products Policy

  • Pharmacology – chemical substance used in the treatment, cure, prevention, or diagnosis of disease or used to otherwise enhance physical or mental well-being.
  • In federal law:
    • Any substance recognized in the official pharmacopoeia or formulary of the nation.
    • Any substance intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease in humans or other animals.
    • Any article, other than food, intended to affect the structure or any function of the body of humans or other animals.
    • Any substance intended for use as a component of such a drug, but not a device or a part of a device.
  • habit-forming medicinal or illicit substance, especially a narcotic.
  • Drugs:
    • Chemical substances prepared and sold as pharmaceutical items, either by prescription or over the counter.
    • Personal hygienic items sold in a drugstore, as toothpaste, mouthwash, etc.
  • Obsolete – Any ingredient used in chemistry, pharmacy, dyeing, or the like.

“Controlled substances” are drugs that are illegal, such as cocaine or heroin. Products used with controlled substances may be considered drug paraphernalia. Drug paraphernalia includes products primarily intended or designed for use in making, preparing, or using a controlled substance.

 Permitted Listings Model

  • Sealed in the original manufacturer’s packaging
  • Must clearly display identifying codes placed on the packaging by the manufacturer, such as UPC codes or QR codes
  • Medical devices that do not require a prescription or advanced supervision, but must be disinfected before shipping
  • CPAP mask parts for a build-your-own mask are allowed without prescription

 Conditional Allowances Model

  • Drugs must be labeled in the English language with the following information:
    • Title of the drug
    • A “Drug Facts” panel
    • All active and inactive ingredient(s)
    • Purpose(s) and intent(s) of the drug
    • The correct usage directions of the drug
    • Any and all warning(s) associated with the drug
    • Any other information required for the use of the drug
  • Drug must use the claim “FDA approved” correctly
  • Drug labels cannot use the FDA logo
  • Drug products must be approved by the FDA for OTC sale
  • Ephedrine-free products must state that they do not contain ephedrine; listing image must show that it is so
  • Merchants are required to state in any listing consisting of pipes, hookahs, bongs, and the like that the item is not intended for drug use.
  • Product must not be recognized by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) as making untrue marketing claims  (See here:  Federal Trade Commission Press Releases)
  • Drug paraphernalia cannot be listed in the MarketStop MarketPlace if the products are conceived and intended for creating, stashing, or abusing the drug.
  • If you are selling something that is not FDA approved, like herbal or holistic supplements, you may not claim that its effects will mirror that of any prescription controlled drug
  • New OTC (over the counter) drugs, vitamins, and supplements; never opened or used and must not be beyond the expiration date (expiration date must be noted in the description or clearly visible in an image in the listing)
  • New OTC drugs, vitamins, and supplements must clearly show the dosage of the medication in the listing
  • Heartworm medications for animals must be non-prescription strength only, and listings must post the NADA or ANADA number

 Restricted Listings Model

  • Any and all drugs requiring a physician’s prescription are prohibited.  Examples are:
    1. Antibiotics
    2. Prescription veterinary products
    3. Vaccines
    4. Sedatives
    5. Pain relievers
    6. Nicotine inhalers
    7. Contraceptives
  • Drugs listings must not be for substances identified by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a drug or chemical of concern
  • Product cannot currently be listed in an FDA recall or safety alert  (See here:  Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts)
  • Narcotics, steroids, and all other controlled substances
  • Medical prescription devices or their parts (CPAP machines, BiPAP machines, APAP machines, and machine parts)
  • Drug products must not be identified as debased (e.g. made impure by adding inferior materials or elements) or misbranded (e.g. untrue, ambiguous, or deceptive information on the label) in an FDA warning letter  (See here:  FDA Warning Letters)
  • Controlled substances or products containing controlled substances are forbidden, including, but not limited to:
    1. Products containing cannabidiol (CBD), a Schedule I Controlled Substance, including but not limited to:

      1. Rich Hemp Oil containing cannabidiol (CBD)
      2. Products that have been identified as containing CBD by LegitScript
    2. Hemp products containing resin or tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
    3. Hemp seeds capable of germination
    4. Anything listed in Schedules I, II, III, IV or V of the Controlled Substances Act  (See here:  Schedules of Controlled Substances), including, but not limited to:

      1. Coca Leaves and all variations of leaves, tea, and coca extract
      2. Hallucinogenic mushrooms (Psilocybin)
      3. Poppy pods, poppy straw, and poppy straw concentrate
    5. “List I” chemicals or their derivatives as designated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)  (See here:  List I and List II Chemicals)
  • Drug listings must comply with MarketStop policies.  The following listings are restrained, as well as those in the list following this section:
    1. Poppy seeds and anything referring to poppies, including tea and extract
    2. Products claiming to have psychoactive or hallucinogenic effects
    3. Products claiming to produce similar effects to anabolic steroids
    4. Imitation products that allege they will produce the same effects of a controlled substance, prescription drug, or substance identified by the FDA as an unapproved drug 
    5. Homeopathic teething products
    6. Active ingredients in prescription-only drugs
    7. Injectable drugs
  • Paraphernalia marketed for use with marijuana or other illegal drugs
  • Paraphernalia marketed with the intention of use for a “legal high”
  • Vaporizers marketed for use with alcohol, marijuana, or illegal drugs
  • The following drug list is a sample of prohibited drugs, not a complete list:
    • Amanita muscaria
    • Bufotenine
    • Clenbuterol (only if included in food)
    • Coca leaves, including all variations of leaves, tea, and coca extract
    • Codeine
    • Dextromethorphan
    • Dimethyltryptamine (DMT)
    • Drotebanol
    • Ephedrine
    • Ergotamine
    • Jimson Weed
    • Ketamine
    • Kratom
    • Marshmallow Leaf
    • Methoxetamine
    • Panther amanitas
    • Peyote or mescaline
    • Phenylpropanalomine
    • Poppers, amyl nitrite products, or related products
    • Poppy pods, poppy straw, and poppy straw concentrate
    • Poppy tea (tea brewed from poppy seeds, pods, or straw)
    • Prescription drugs (any & all)
    • Pseudoephedrine
    • Psilocybe Cubensis
    • Psilocybin
    • Salvia Divinorum
    • Synthetic cannibinoids
    • Syrian Rue
    • Wild Dagga
    • Yopo Seeds

 Other Related Material

  • LegitScript has a searchable database that may help when determining if a supplement includes a prohibited ingredient:
  • Also, see the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Guidance on Labeling and Is It Really ‘FDA Approved?’
  • Controlled substances include any substance included in Schedules I, II, III, IV or V of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. 801 et seq.
  • Drug paraphernalia is defined in 21 U.S.C. 863
  • Gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) ban:  For more information about specific substances covered by this law, see 21 U.S.C. 812

What is the reason for this MarketStop policy?

Government regulations and laws are made to be honored.  Since the sale of illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia intended for drug use is prohibited by law in some states, regulated in others, or may cause harm to MarketStop or its members, we do not permit merchants to list them.