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. The information below will help you understand the dangers of buying from a fake online pharmacy, identify the warning signs, and find a safe online pharmacy.
Health and Financial Risks
Buying from fraudulent 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.
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