Risks of Buying Medicine Online

Many people try to cut down on their healthcare costs by purchasing medications from online pharmacies. While these sites do tend to be much cheaper than buying from traditional pharmacies in the United States, there are a lot of risks. Most sites that sell prescriptions aren’t legitimate, but they may fraudulently label their drugs as FDA-approved. Ones that sell medicines for much cheaper than traditional pharmacies usually aren’t operating in the U.S., and it’s illegal to order medicines from outside the country. According to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, only 4 percent of online drug outlets follow U.S. laws and standards. Some of the risks of buying medicines online include: Ineffective Treatment Medicines sold online are often poor quality, which can prevent you from properly treating your health issue. The drugs may have too much or too little of an active ingredient, or they may be too old and no longer effective. They also may be stored or shipped improperly, which could make them less effective. If you buy a medicine from a questionable online pharmacy, you can’t know for sure whether the drug will even treat you at all. In the case of very serious health conditions, this could cost you your life. Some online pharmacies send their customers the wrong drug entirely. The FDA once purchased drugs online that were advertised as Tamiflu, which has...

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