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Let us help you piece together the puzzle after sudden illness or injury.
Ever been tempted to buy your medicines from an online pharmacy or another website?
Protect yourself and your family by using caution when buying medicine online. There are many pharmacy websites that operate legally and offer convenience, privacy, and safeguards for purchasing medicines.
But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns that there are many rogue online pharmacies that claim to sell prescription medicines at deeply discounted prices, often without requiring a valid prescription. These internet-based pharmacies often sell unapproved or counterfeit medicines outside the safeguards fol- lowed by licensed pharmacies.
These rogue sites often promi- nently display a Canadian flag, but may actually be operated by crimi- nals from the other side of the globe with no connection to Canada at all. Medicines bought from these web- sites can be dangerous and may put your health at risk.
How can you tell if an online pharmacy is operating legally? The FDA’s BeSafeRx can help you iden- tify and avoid fake online pharma- cies.
Signs of a Rogue Online Pharmacy - Beware of online phar- macies that:
• Allow you to buy prescription med-
icine without a valid prescription
from your health care provider.
• Do not have a U.S. state-licensed
pharmacist available to answer your
• Offer very low prices that seem too
good to be true.
• Send spam or unsolicited email
offering cheap medicine.
• Are located outside of the United
States or ship worldwide.
These pharmacies often sell med- icines that can be dangerous because they may:
• Have too much or too little of the
active ingredient you need to treat
your disease or condition.
• Not contain the right active ingredi-
• Contain the wrong or other harmful
The active ingredient is what makes the medicine effective for the illness or condition it is intended
to treat. If a medicine has unknown active ingredients, it could fail to have the intended effect, could have an unexpected interaction with other medicines you are taking, could cause dangerous side effects, or may cause other serious health problems, such as serious allergic reactions.
Also, these medicines may not have been stored properly, such as in a warehouse without necessary tem- perature controls, which may cause the medicine to be ineffective in treat- ing the disease or condition for which you are taking it.
Know the Signs of a Safe Online Pharmacy - There are ways you
can identify a safe online pharmacy. They:
• Require a valid prescription from a doctor or another licensed health care professional.
• Are licensed by your state board of pharmacy, or equivalent state agen- cy. (To verify the licensing status of a pharmacy check your state board of pharmacy.)
• Do not appear on the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy’s “List of Not Recommended Websites.” (Just because the online pharmacy does not appear on this list does not mean it is safe.)
• Have a U.S. state-licensed pharma- cist available to answer your ques- tions.
• Are in the United States, and pro- vide a street address.
Another way to check on a website is to look for the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy’s (NABP) Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice SitesTM Seal, also known as the VIPPS® Seal. This seal means that
the Internet pharmacy is safe to use because it has met state licensure requirements, as well as other NABP criteria. Visit the VIPPS website to find legitimate pharmacies that carry the VIPPS® seal.
Report sales of medicine on the internet by illegal online pharmacies to the FDA. Report adverse effects caused by any medicine to FDA’s MedWatch program. Visit the FDA’s web page on counterfeit medicine for more information.
Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Consumer Updates page is the source for this article with the full article and the latest updates on FDA regulated products available at http:// htm.
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