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Importing medicines from foreign online pharmacies is dangerous

In an October 2015 report, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy surveyed more than 11,000 online pharmacy websites and found that only 257 were legitimate pharmacies. Unlicensed online pharmacies are selling dangerously unregulated drugs which threaten the health of American patients. Their customers are also exposing themselves to identity theft, computer viruses and even extortion. Among the pharmacies NABP surveyed:


did not comply with state and federal laws or patient safety and pharmacy practice standards


did not require valid prescriptions


appeared to have affiliations with rogue networks of Internet drug outlets

The Impacts of Fake Online Pharmacies on Patient Safety