Don’t Buy Drugs From Overseas on the Internet

Advice from Consumer Reports: Although Internet shopping can lead to more options and better deals for things like electronics and small appliances, consumers should never use the Internet to purchase medications from overseas, a new report from Consumer Reports advises. The article notes that approximately 96.2% of online pharmacies reviewed by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) operate out of compliance with United States pharmacy laws and practice standards, and also emphasizes that drugs that are shipped from overseas may be expired, improperly stored, adulterated, or counterfeit. Consumers who purchase medications from unscrupulous websites may also be placing themselves at risk for identity theft. To find the safest sources for purchasing medicine online, NABP encourages consumers to visit sites that have been approved to register a .pharmacy domain name or to look for the Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites® (VIPPS®) Seal on accredited sites. Consumers can find a list of registered .pharmacy websites on the .pharmacy website. NABP’s list of VIPPS-accredited sites may be viewed on the AWARXE® Prescription Drug Safety website.(Source: NABP E-News, 6/10/15)