Online pharmacies are becoming more popular among consumers and criminals, raising the possibility of online fraud and counterfeit medicines.
Consumers are looking to save money because pharmaceuticals are expensive and the economy is weak. Trademark tracking service MarkMonitor estimates that while the actual number of online pharmacies declined from 3,160 last summer to 2,986 today, sales have risen from $4 billion to $12 billion and the average number of daily visitors at pharmacy sites has risen from 32,000 last year to 99,000 this year.

Thomas Claburn
26 August 2008

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