Resources for U.S. Patients
It doesn’t matter whether you live in United States, Europe, Asia, or Africa—everyone is at risk from unsafe drugs. Counterfeit drugs defraud consumers and deny patients therapies that can alleviate suffering and save lives. In some cases, these drugs have caused great harm and fatalities.
Take a moment to learn how you minimize your risk of getting a counterfeit medicine.
Always buy from pharmacies licensed in the U.S.
Many Americans encounter counterfeit medicines by buying from pharmacies that are not regulated in the U.S. Whether they are online or on the other side of our southern border, these pharmacies are not accountable to U.S. authorities, and they face few consequences for selling fake or substandard products.
Mexican pharmacies are selling fake drugs packaged for American tourists.
Talk to Your Family About Counterfeit Pills
Counterfeit opioid painkillers and Xanax made with potentially deadly doses of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids have killed residents in all 50 states since 2015. Authorities have also been seeing counterfeit Adderall made of methamphetamine.
The DEA seized more than 20 million of these counterfeit pills in 2021, and teen fatalities as a result of counterfeit pills made with fentanyl have doubled since 2019.
Drug dealers sell these pills on the street and on social media, and they make their way to people who have no idea they are not real prescription medicine.
Saving Money Safely
Safe Savings: Save money on your prescriptions without resorting to unsafe foreign pharmacies.
NeedyMeds helps patients find prescription assistance programs. If you need help paying for your prescriptions, start here.
RxOutreach is a non-profit pharmacy making medicine affordable for people whose income is at or below 400% of the Federal Poverty Level.
Medicine Assistance Tool helps uninsured and financially struggling patients access nearly 500 assistance programs that offer medicines for free or nearly free.
Older PSM consumer resources
Real Dangers of Fake Drugs
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- Spot the Fake: Counterfeiters are selling chalk (or worse) as if they were real drugs are very good. How good? So good that not even the experts can always tell the genuine drugs from the fake ones. See some examples of what actual counterfeit drugs look like.
- Stay Up To Date: Consult our news archive and sign up for our newsletter to stay current on drug safety in the U.S. and overseas.
How to Buy Medications Online Safely
- Tips for Safe Online Buying: Learn why simply searching for "lipitor online" is likely to get you a dangerous counterfeit.
- Warning Signs: Just because a Web site looks good, doesn’t mean it’s legitimate. This checklist of warning signs can help you spot a rogue online drug seller.
- VIPPS and .pharmacy: Learn why .pharmacy and VIPPS-certified online pharmacies are the safest way to buy medicine online.