Beware: Health Fraud Scams

Internet Pharmacies - Buyers Beware

Using the internet is a convenient way to purchase products. Buying prescription medications is no exception; however, not all website “pharmacies” are licensed, and some are not pharmacies at all.

They are websites designed to gather personal information about you and obtain credit card information. Even if the website sends you a product, the medication may be fake or expired.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provides information about using online pharmacy services wisely, including guidelines and tips on using online resources to purchase your prescriptions.

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy is a national organization of the individual State Boards of Pharmacy. This has a program to help you learn if a pharmacy website is meeting the required regulations. To verify if a pharmacy website has met the state and federal regulations to sell medicine online, go to Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice.

These issues are not limited to prescriptions for human medications. There is a recent newsletter from the FDA regarding fraudulent websites that claim to sell drugs for pets. Unfortunately, some of these sites are selling counterfeit products or expired medications which could be dangerous to your pet. More information about this including tips for ordering your pet’s medications online can be found on the FDA website here.

FDA 101: Health Fraud Awareness

The FDA has produced an information resource on health fraud called FDA 101: Health Fraud Awareness. For more information, click here to visit the website.