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Is It Safe To Buy Prescription Drugs Online?

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 contact a San Diego product liability attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation.