AWARxE Consumer Protection Program want you to become AWARxE of the growing amount of fake Internet pharmacies that are selling dangerous counterfeit drugs.
Founded in 1904, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy
(NABP) is the impartial professional organization that supports the
state boards of pharmacy in protecting public health.
Many Internet sites hawking prescription drugs are actually fake and
their products could cause more harm than good. There are documented
cases of adults in the US harmed by counterfeit drugs and the effects of
such products could be potentially be much worse for a child. We must
do everything we can to keep our children and families safe and healthy.
Counterfeit pills sold online often contain too little or too much of
the requested medication, the wrong medication altogether or harmful
substances. Toxins such as glue, chalk, and rat poison are used by
counterfeiters to make these pills. Drug counterfeiters do not care
about your child’s health; their goal is to make a profit. Some fake
online pharmacies may even falsely claim to be Canadian to seem like a
safe source for medicine. By some estimates, as much as 90% of the
medication bought online may be fake.
AWARXE wants consumers to know about the safest way to purchase
prescription medications online. When ordering prescription medication
online, look for the VIPPS (Verified Internet Practice Pharmacy Sites)
seal, and check the VIPPS list on AWARErx.org
to make sure the site is listed there. VIPPS-accredited sites are in
agreement with all federal and state regulations and NABP safety
standards. Some VIPPS-accredited sites may even offer discount
prescription programs to help offset the cost of medications.
· AWARXE advises patients to use VIPPS-accredited Internet pharmacies
when they opt to order medications online, and to learn how to avoid
fake Internet pharmacies selling dangerous counterfeit drugs.
· NABP has reviewed more than 9,600 websites selling prescription drugs.
· Only 3%, or 291, of these sites appear to be in compliance with
state and federal laws and NABP patient safety and pharmacy practice
· The other 97% of these sites are considered rogue sites and are listed as Not Recommended on the AWARxE website, www.AWARERX.ORG.
The best and most effective way to help fight this problem is by
spreading awareness. To learn more about where to properly buy
prescription medications online, please visit www.AWARERX.ORG.
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