XtheRisk — Protecting Older Adults from Deceptive Internet Pharmacies

The Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP Global), the Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies, and the National Consumers league (NCL) have formed a partnership to provide tools to seniors and their caregivers to stay safe when shopping for medication on the Internet. “Escalating costs for hundreds of drugs prescribed to treat chronic conditions not necessarily covered fully by Medicare make it more likely that (older adults), who often are living on fixed incomes, will turn to the Internet to look for less expensive options,” ASOP Global executive director Libby Barney said. The high costs often prompt older adults to turn to the Internet, but according to a review of more than 11,000 web sites selling prescription medication to U.S. consumers, about 96% are out of compliance with U.S. laws and 50% of the medication sold are fake or counterfeit. The organizations encourage people to avoid sites that do not require a valid prescription, sell prescription or medication after the buyer completes a questionnaire, do not have a licensed pharmacist available to consult, and are not verified by the National Association of State Boards of Pharmacy. See XtheRisk.com.
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