Health Groups Advise Caution Regarding Online Pharmacies

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Recently, Amazon successfully acquired PillPack. The company is an online pharmacy which ships medications door-to-door. They deliver vitamins which they sort according to dosage and place in dispensers, and other health needs such as inhalers, creams, and testing supplies.

While businesses such as PillPack are duly accredited, health groups still advise caution to those who would like to try purchasing from online pharmacies. Fake websites lurk around the Internet, increasing the risk of one buying counterfeit medicines.

The US Food and Drug Administration cited signs of fake online pharmacies. The most common indicator is that the website does not have the license to distribute pharmaceuticals in the United States. Bogus pharmacy websites also allow individuals to bypass their physicians and to purchase drugs without a prescription. They usually offer low prices for medicines that are typically expensive when bought in physical stores.

About this matter, the CRC Health Group corroborated that counterfeit drugs may have either no active ingredients or various ones. The organization also added that buying medicines without prescriptions causes the risk of an overdose.

To ensure safety in purchasing medicines online, the United States National Association of Boards of Pharmacy initiated the Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites (VIPPS) program. This ensures that all online pharmacies comply with licensing and inspection criteria of their home state.

If the site passes the panel’s standards, it will have on its interface the VIPPS seal. The logo shall lead to the VIPPS site to verify its legitimacy. The FDA also says to make sure the website’s staff includes registered pharmacists, and it has a real US address and telephone number on the contact details.

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