You may decide to replace a trip to the pharmacy with a visit to an online pharmacy. While there are legitimate online pharmacies, there are also some fraudulent ones that advertise prescription drugs at low prices. Understand the dangers of buying from a fake online pharmacy, identify the warning signs, and find resources to help you safely buy medicine online:
Health and Financial Risks
Buying from fake online pharmacies can be dangerous, or even deadly. It can also hurt your wallet.
You could receive counterfeit or substandard drugs.
Slight differences in your medicine can make a big difference and cause further health complications.
You could put your personal and financial information at risk.
It is important to be able to identify the warning signs of a fake online pharmacy. You should be suspicious if an online pharmacy:
Allows you to buy medication without a prescription from your doctor.
Offers medications at deep discounts that seem too good to be true.
Is not licensed and has no physical address in the U.S.
The FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) database tracks information from reports about problems associated with medical products. The FDA releases quarterly reports based on information from FAERS to help medical professionals and the public learn about potential safety issues with specific medical products.
Find the Generic Equivalent to a Brand Name Prescription Drug
The difference between generic drugs and brand names (non-generic) is based on several factors:
Inactive ingredients may vary from brand name
By FDA standards, generic drugs have met the same rigid standards as brand name drugs such as active ingredient, dosage form, and strength. Generics often cost less than non-generic drugs because of the cost associated with bringing a new drug to the market place. Developing a new brand name drug requires clinical trials, and advertising budgets to build awareness about a product. Because generic medications are cheaper does not mean they are less effective.