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97 Percent of Online Pharmacies Are Unsafe

How to Spot a Dependable Druggist

The FDA offers advice on how to determine whether an online pharmacy is legitimate.

Signs a Web-Based Pharmacy Canít Be Trusted:

  • They are not based or licensed in the United States
  • They let you purchase medications without a doctorís prescription
  • They charge suspiciously low fees for prescription medications

Signs a Web-Based Pharmacy Can Be Trusted:

  • They have a physical address and phone number in the United States
  • They wonít sell you a medication unless you have a doctorís prescription
  • They provide an on-call pharmacist to answer questions and are licensed by your stateís board of pharmacy

For more information on safely purchasing medications online, you can visit the FDAís BeSafeRx website.

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6:14AM PST on Feb 28, 2013

Thank you AgingCare, for Sharing this!

6:15PM PDT on Oct 14, 2012

That's horrific, people need protection.

12:31PM PDT on Oct 13, 2012

noted, thx for the info

12:25PM PDT on Oct 13, 2012

Thanks Lee G. for an excellent and helpful reply!

12:02PM PDT on Oct 13, 2012

Thanks for the info.

3:42AM PDT on Oct 13, 2012

Interesting as a number of drug companies don't like the Canadian on line sites because prices are lower. Some are popular with some Americans because the prices in Canada are less expensive and there have been quite a number of Americans living in border towns that have crossed the border to obtain medications. One would be prudent to use caution when buying on line but that goes for practically everything.

3:18AM PDT on Oct 13, 2012

good to know.

12:31AM PDT on Oct 13, 2012

good-to-know.

10:18PM PDT on Oct 12, 2012

I would like to commend those who pointed out that this study, paid for by an interested party, is almost certainly biased, and should not be accepted uncritically. It would be like accepting a report by the Meat Packers Association that vegetarianism is unhealthy!

8:58PM PDT on Oct 12, 2012

Depends...

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