Learn how to identify unlicensed pharmacies, what they are selling and how to shop safely.
The internet is full of online pharmacy websites selling prescription medications at discounted prices, but most of those pharmacy websites are unlicensed, uncertified drug distributors. The medicines they sell are manufactured and sold outside government regulation, and because they’re unregulated, consumers who purchase them can […]
Buying Foreign Drugs Can Be Dangerous
With the economic recession people have been looking for ways to save money and some have even resorted to visiting Mexican and Canadian pharmacies to buy prescription drugs. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not recommend that people buy their drugs from Canadian pharmacies […]
The new “Spamalot” – Spam Solicitations for Counterfeit Drugs
On October 13, a USA Today article featured a report released from the antivirus company McAfee. They found that 70 percent of spam in September was from websites advertizing “Canadian pharmaceuticals.” Further, the only thing that made it “Canadian” was the word Canadian and the maple leaves on the spammers’ web page. The increase in counterfeit drug spam may be due to the rising fears surrounding H1N1 flu, as well as the intensity around the topic of healthcare costs.
Inside the World of Counterfeit Drugs
Part 3: Implications for the U.S. and the Drug Importation Debate – As the debate surrounding the possible ban on the repackaging of medicines in Europe simmers to a boil, here in the United States the potentially dangerous practice of ordering prescription medicines via the Internet is mushrooming. Enticed by the promise of cheaper drugs and convenience by buying online, patients are largely unaware of the risks that come with online pharmacies. These risks can range from receiving products with too much, too little or no active ingredients, to being exposed to counterfeit products, which in some rare cases have been found to contain rat poison, boric acid and even inkjet cartridges!
Mile High Warnings of Counterfeit Drugs
It’s happening all the time. Nearly every day, there are new reports of counterfeit drugs flooding the world’s prescription drug market. Just last week, the Partnership for Safe Medicines posted a link about how counterfeit drugs are hastening drug-resistant strains of malaria. And the week before, we shared the news reports out of the United Kingdom about a raid on an Irish counterfeit drug distribution operation and the MHRA’s recall due to possible counterfeit inhalers found in the U.K. supply system.