Are you thinking about buying medicine online?

Online buying is gaining a momentum in India, and I have seen more and more ads are coming for online pharmacies. A recent US FDA survey of Internet users found that 29 percent said they were unsure of how to safely buy prescription medications online, yet more than 20 percent of respondents said they use the Internet to buy the drugs.

The Internet makes it easier for fraudulent and illegal online pharmacies to sell medicines to people because they can operate outside the system of state safeguards that protect people from inappropriate or unsafe medicines.

Buying from fake online pharmacies can be dangerous, or even deadly. Before you order medicine online, it is important to know the risks of buying from fake online pharmacies.

The drugs you receive may look real, but they could be counterfeit, contaminated, expired or otherwise unsafe. If you receive counterfeit or substandard medicines, they could keep you from getting better, make you sick or worse

Most fake online pharmacies lack adequate safeguards to protect personal and financial information, and some intentionally misuse the information you provide. These sites may infect your computer with viruses or sell your personal information to other rogue websites and Internet scams. If you buy medicine from a fake online pharmacy, you also risk being harassed by repeated emails and phone calls or being charged for products you never ordered or received.

Only 3 percent of websites that were reviewed appeared to meet state and federal pharmacy laws in US, according to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, the organization responsible for licensing pharmacies.

I have written earlier about fake homeopathic HCG products sold online, so be careful if you are thinking about buying medicine online.

Enjoy your best health with safe medicine.

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Dr. Anil Singhal MD (Homeo)