Online Pharmacies: What You Need to Know

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Counterfeit Medication

Counterfeit drugs are a global problem, and the chance of receiving them through unverified online pharmacies is higher than from local brick-and-mortar pharmacies in the U.S. and many other countries. Independent studies demonstrate that the risks of buying counterfeit drugs online are greatly reduced when consumers stick to credentialed websites, such as those approved by For more information, see “In Whom We Trust: The Role of Certification Agencies In Online Drug Markets” – published by the National Bureau for Economic Research in March 2012

Counterfeit drugs include those with the wrong ingredients, too little or too much of the active ingredients, dangerous ingredients, as well as those with the right ingredients but fake packaging. The World Health Organization reports that 50% of drugs ordered online from websites that don’t publish a physical address are counterfeit. . It is not clear on what study this statistic is based but the spirit of its warning should be heeded. One of’s requirements is that a website publishes a verifiable mailing address and phone number.

For more detailed information on counterfeit drugs see the following document published by the World Health Organization.