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Most people know they are taking a risk with mail-order imported drugs, but there have also been cases of counterfeit prescription drugs from your local pharmacy.
Drugs from non-traditional sources range from:
"Internet Pharmacy Practice" at medscape.com describes how Internet Pharmacies are regulated and usually legitimate.
The The FDA, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy's (NABP) Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites (VIPPS) program (click on Accreditation Programs then VIPPS) is a voluntary program that certifies online pharmacies that meet a series of requirements.
Most mail-order drugs illegal
WASHINGTON - Nearly 90 percent of the imported mail-order drugs stopped at the borders in a special crackdown by government agents were potentially dangerous, the Food and Drug Administration said Monday.
Of 1,153 imported drugs collected by FDA and Customs agents, 1,019 were found to be illegal. They included drugs that have been withdrawn from the U.S. market, animal drugs never approved for human use, counterfeit drugs, drugs with dangerous interactions, drugs with dangerous side effects and narcotics, officials said.
The drugs were collected at international mail arrival centers in New York, Miami, San Francisco and Carson, Calif.
Many Internet pharmacies, are selling drugs that contain too much, too little or no active ingredients. And some of the drugs are even full of dangerous contaminants, including heavy metals, rat poison, etc.
Don't do business with companies selling prescription drugs without a prescription.
While sellers often advertise as Canadian to project an eir of legitimacy, a 2005 FDA study found that 85% were based in 27 otdher countries.
Accredited Pharmacy Practice Sites online: