Last week, we told you about the risks associated with counterfeit drugs.
One of the ways you may be exposed to these
dangerous drugs is by purchasing prescription and over-the-counter medicines over the
Internet. Therefore, it’s important to understand how to do so safely.
As highlighted by the
Food and Drug Administration, there are many websites that operate legally and safely. However, there
are also many “rogue websites” that sell high-risk drugs that
have not been checked for safety or effectiveness.
According to the FDA, it is aware of a number of people who placed orders
over the Internet for one of the following products:
- Ambien (zolpidem tartrate)
- Xanax (alprazolam)
- Lexapro (escitalopram oxalate)
- Ativan (lorazepam)
Instead of receiving the drug they ordered, several customers received
products containing what was identified as foreign versions of Haldol
(haloperidol), a powerful anti-psychotic drug. As a result, these customers
needed emergency medical treatment for symptoms such as difficulty in
breathing, muscle spasms, and muscle stiffness.
Given these risks, if you purchase drugs online, we recommend looking for
the following signs of a trustworthy website:
- It’s located in the United States.
- It’s licensed by the state board of pharmacy where the website is
operating. A list of these boards is available at the website of the National
Association of Boards of Pharmacy.
- It has a licensed pharmacist available to answer your questions.
- It requires a prescription for prescription medicines from your doctor
or another health care professional who is licensed to prescribe medicines.
- It provides contact information and allows you to talk to a person if you
have problems or questions.
Another way to check on a website is to look for the National Association
of Boards of Pharmacy’s (NABP) Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice
Sites™ Seal, also known as the VIPPS® Seal.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured by a dangerous or
defective drug, don’t hesitate to
a San Diego product liability attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage
for a free consultation.