According to a new report by CNN, more and more customers are unfortunately taking advantage of buying unauthorized medications online.
These sales listings boast deals that are
hard to turn down, such as free shipping on many medications without the need
for a prescription—including those for erectile dysfunction, cholesterol,
infections, and more. Many websites offer steep discounts on prescription
medications and claim that they can pass on these savings by avoiding many of
the regulations and “red tape” that affects brick and mortar businesses.
Unfortunately, taking advantage of deals
and sales like this can be detrimental for your health. An estimate from the
World Health Organization warns that as many as half of all illegal online
pharmacies go as far as selling counterfeit medications. This means that not
only are you possibly not getting the medication that you need, but you could
also be endangering your health by taking something different unknowingly.
In addition to selling counterfeit
medications, many online pharmacies were found to be not compliant with safety
and practice standards put forth by the National Association of Boards of
Pharmacy located in the United States.
These counterfeit medications were found to
contain things like rat poison, dust, inkjet material, and paint. These
dangerous and questionable ingredients are chosen due to the fact that they act
as a cheap binding ingredient and allow illegal pharmacy companies to line
their pockets. And that’s exactly what they are doing—the World Health
Organization estimates the counterfeit prescription industry to be doing $431
billion in business each year.
With the assistance of new agencies
designed to put a stop to these practices, the illegal pharmacy industry can
hopefully diminish in future years. In the meantime, it’s best to be vigilant
about your own medications. Don’t take chances just to save a few dollars.
Instead, take your prescription from your doctor to a reputable pharmacy for
filling. Don’t assume that you can trust a cheap, online pharmacy based on the
claims that they make on their website. In fact, many illegal pharmacies claim
to be operating in Canada to ease suspicion.
Don’t be one of the one million patients
who die each year as a result of taking counterfeit drugs. Instead, do your
research and turn to medical professionals who you can trust with your care.