- About Online Pharmacies
- Affordable Medication Advocacy
- Benefits and Risks
- Buying Controlled Medication Online Has Serious Risks
- Counterfeit Medications
- Drug Companies and Intellectual Property Rights
- How Much Can You Save?
- International Pharmacy Regulations
- Our Pharmacy Verification Program
- Rogue Pharmacies
- Types of Pharmacies
- U.S. Pharmacy Regulations
Countries with the strongest regulations, such as Canada, the UK, and the U.S., rarely experience counterfeit drugs within the legitimate supply chain. The problem of counterfeit drugs is much greater in poor countries.
People in all countries need to be careful. The chance of receiving counterfeit medication internationally through unverified online pharmacies is higher than from local brick-and-mortar pharmacies. 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.
Independent studies demonstrate that the risks of buying counterfeit drugs online are exceedingly low when consumers stick to properly credentialed websites, such as those approved by PharmacyChecker.com. Hundreds of prescription orders were tested by independent researchers and zero were found to be counterfeit.
For a summary and analysis of peer-reviewed research focused on Internet pharmacy safety, please see: https://www.pharmacycheckerblog.com/credentialed-online-pharmacies-imported-meds-safe.
- "In Whom We Trust: The Role of Certification Agencies In Online Drug Markets" – 2013.
- "Web Pharmacies: A field study of ciprofloxacin and atorvastatin" – 2017.
For more detailed information on counterfeit drugs see the following document published by the World Health Organization.