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Online Prescription Drug Saftey Tips from the FDA

October is Talk about Prescriptions Month, and the Food and Drug Administration wants you to know that medications purchased from some online pharmacies can be dangerous or even deadly. This message is from their newsletter.

The FDA is committed to protecting consumers from unlicensed “fake” online pharmacies. Visit BeSafeRx and watch the short video featuring FDA’s Health Fraud Coordinator Gary Coody explaining how to avoid unsafe online pharmacies.

Illegal online pharmacies are unlicensed and often allow you to buy drugs without a prescription, offer discounts or cheap prices that seem too good to be true, and send unsolicited email or other spam offering medicines. Products purchased from these pharmacies could be counterfeit, expired, or may contain ingredients that can harm you.

BeSafeRx: Know Your Online Pharmacy is designed to help identify fake online pharmacies, the risks of purchasing from them, and how to find one that’s safe and legal. In addition to the “how to” video, BeSafeRx provides other helpful tools such as an interactive map for finding licensed sites where you can safely buy medicine, fact sheets, digital toolkits, a patient discussion guide, and other materials.

During Talk about Prescriptions Month and always, keep yourself and those you love safe by visiting the BeSafeRx: Know Your Online Pharmacy Web site before buying medicines online. Don’t put your health at risk.

Posted on: October 25, 2013, 12:55 pm Category: Health Information Resources Tagged with: , , ,

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