Buying drugs online could be prescription for trouble

Be very careful before you purchase prescription drugs Be very careful before you purchase prescription drugs online: The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy reviewed more than 10,000 Internet sites that claim to sell prescription drugs and found that 97 percent of them don’t adhere to the organization’s pharmacy laws and practice standards. Photo Credit: Fotolia

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You can buy almost anything you want on the Internet. But be very careful before you purchase prescription drugs online.

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The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy reviewed more than 10,000 Internet sites that claim to sell prescription drugs and found that 97 percent of them don't adhere to the organization's pharmacy laws and practice standards. The association, an umbrella trade group that represents state pharmacy boards, says the worst of these sites "may be selling drugs that are counterfeit, contaminated or otherwise unsafe." The association notes that its list also includes reputable Canadian pharmacies because, in most cases, the Food and Drug Administration prohibits the sale of drugs from Canada to the United States.

For the FDA's position on buying drugs online, even from reputable Canadian pharmacies, go to nwsdy.li/fda-onlinedrugs and nwsdy.li/fda-canada. For a list of the association's "not recommended" online sites, go to nwsdy.li/nabp-sites.

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