Medications and doping preparations

Decline in medications detected.

Illegally imported medications pose health risks. Often, they have no packaging or product information leaflet, or they are a non-standard dosage or contain undeclared ingredients. 

The amount of medications and doping preparations seized last year fell by 30.7% compared to 2021 (2022: 7,806; 2021: 11,263). In 2022, the FOCBS reported 6,793 consignments of medications to Swissmedic and 1,013 consignments of doping preparations to Swiss Sport Integrity. Unsurprisingly, erectile dysfunction drugs account for nearly 79% of these products, which mostly arrive by post from Eastern Europe or Asia. This figure is slightly up compared to 2021 (77.3%).

Detections (number of consignments)





Medications and doping preparations




of which, medications reported
to Swissmedic




The FOCBS checks whether these medications are approved or compliant, and whether the authorised amount for a month's treatment of one person has been respected. If a suspect consignment is detected, the FOCBS informs Swissmedic and seizes the goods. For doping preparations, by contrast, the "zero tolerance" rule applies.

Main medications seized:

  1. Erectile dysfunction drugs (79%)
  2. Sleeping tablets and tranquillisers (6%)
  3. Hormones (incl. melatonin) (5%)
  4. Nasal sprays and laxatives (4%)
  5. Antibiotics, antiparasitics, antivirals (2%)
  6. Painkillers (1%)
  7. Other (3%)

Origin of seized medications:

  • Eastern Europe 34%
  • Asia (without India) 27%
  • Western Europe 26%
  • India 9%
  • Other 4%
Medications may only be imported for personal use in the quantity equivalent to monthly requirements.
© Clipdealer