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The following information is being shared with you on behalf of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Foundation and their AWARxE Consumer Protection Program. They hope to inform our readers of the growing amount of fake Internet pharmacies that are selling dangerous counterfeit drugs.
What you may not know, is that 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. You can do so today, but learning and spreading knowledge to your loved ones.
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.
Fact: 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.
More about VIPPS:
• 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 standards.
• The other 97% of these sites are considered rogue sites and are listed as Not Recommended on the AWARxE website.
What can you do to protect your family from counterfeits?
• Share information about VIPPS and the possible dangers associated with buying prescription drugs online with your friends and family, Twitter followers, Facebook friends and readers.
• “Like” AWARxE on Facebook and keep updated on their data.
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.
*The above information was posted on behalf of West Glen. No compensation was received in exchange for the sharing of this data.