FDA Warns Consumers About Fake Online Pharmacies

Buying prescription medications online can sometimes save you time and money, but only if you’re dealing with a trustworthy online facilitator. Don’t place an order until you’ve checked out the reputation and record of an online vendor.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is tracking an increase in the number of people buying prescriptions drugs online. According to a survey done by the FDA, one in four Americans get their medications from a website, rather than a brick and mortar pharmacy. With more people surfing the web for medications, the FDA is issuing a warning about the dangers of buying online.

They May Look Legitimate

According to the FDA, medical websites are easy to establish. Many fake pharmacy websites look legitimate and often offer medications at low prices. While consumers think they are getting a great deal, in reality they are likely to get fake pills, expired medications, or meds with harmful ingredients added to them. The FDA says a majority of these sites are operated overseas.

Research by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, which represents the state pharmacy boards, shows only 3 percent of online pharmacies are following state and federal laws.

The BeSafeRx Campaign

A few years back, the drug regulatory agency launched BeSafeRx, a website designed to help consumers spot fake sites.

“Our goal is to increase awareness,” then-FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg told the Associated Press, “not to scare people away from online pharmacies. We want them to use appropriate pharmacies.”

eDrugstore.com supports this measure and has a proven track record of selling name brand, FDA-approved medications to consumers with prescriptions. Located in the U.S., eDrugstore.com has been in business since the late 1990s and has supplied high-quality lifestyle medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, to hundreds of thousands of customers.

“What’s truly important to us is that consumers know how to look for an online pharmacy that’s legitimate and safe,” Hamburg said.

Reputable online facilitators like eDrugstore.com will:

  • Ask for a prescription
  • Have trained medical professionals available for assistance
  • Source medications only from licensed U.S. pharmacies
  • Have a U.S. address and contact information
  • Have an “About Us” page
  • Offer medications at a competitive rate – too-good-to-be-true deals are often a warning sign

To learn more about eDrugstore and the medications it offers, pay a visit to its home page. For those who don’t yet have a prescription for an erectile dysfunction drug or other medication, eDrugstore can set up a complimentary online consultation with a licensed U.S. physician who can authorize a prescription if appropriate.

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