By Marlo Sollitto, AgingCare.com Contribution Editor
It couldn’t be easier—ordering prescription drugs online with a few clicks of the mouse and having them delivered right to your door, without ever having to see a doctor. People living with chronic illnesses depend on prescription medications. But many have trouble affording the drugs they need; while other elders can’t easily get to the doctor. The lure and appeal of internet pharmacies is obvious: cheaper drugs that are easy to get. But is it safe? In many cases, they are not.
Around the world, however, criminal rings have turned the business of counterfeiting medicines into a $75 billion global enterprise, according to a report by the Partnership for Safe Medicines (www.safemedicines.org). These fake pharmacies are prevalent online. A report from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), gleaned from examining more than 8,000 online pharmacy sites found that:
- 40% of medicine may be fake in some countries
- 96% of online pharmacies are not following state and federal laws and regulations
- 85% don’t require a prescription
- 43.9% sell non-FDA approved medicines
- More than 4,000 do not provide a physical address
The Dangers of Buying Prescription Medications Online originally appeared on AgingCare.com.