Indianapolis reporter Rafael Sanchez reports that bargain medications purchased online don’t come with a “danger disclaimer.”
Reporting for 6News Indianapolis, Sanchez spoke with the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy executive director Carmen Catizone, about the risks involved with purchasing medications from unlicensed fake pharmacies online.
Said Catizone, “We found rat poison, lead paint, [and] other dangerous substances that would never be in medication.”
NABP reviewed 8,000 websites selling prescription medication and found that the majority of them were offering counterfeit pills.
A big part of the problem, says Grant Lindman, anti-counterfeiting operations manager at Eli Lilly, is that penalties are extremely low for counterfeiters in many places around the world, reports 6News.
However Americans can protect themselves by checking with the NABP’s VIPPS website for legitimate and safe online pharmacies to purchase from.