Online Shopping Risks
Although there are many legitimate pharmaceutical companies on the internet, there are also a number of companies who have ulterior motives when it comes to providing consumers with prescription drugs. Consumers need to beware of the risks associated with online buying in order to ensure they are buying legitimate products from legitimate suppliers.
Government and health care professionals have expressed a number of concerns associated with buying drugs online. Some of the risks they have cited include:
- Purchasing fake or “counterfeit” drugs. Many companies have recently developed “copycat” drugs. These drugs are produced to represent legitimate drugs and are sold under the name of legitimate drugs, but are not in fact legitimate. These drugs do not have the same ingredients as real prescription drugs and can pose a great risk to your health.
- Purchasing products which do not meet the requirements of your prescription. Many online pharmacies, especially those who do not require prescriptions, end up providing consumers with prescriptions that are too strong or too weak for your needs. An inaccurate prescription can result in overdose or can compromise the effectiveness of the patient’s healing process.
- Purchasing expired products. There is no way of telling the expiration date of a drug. It is the responsibility of the company to provide you with an effective prescription. Many websites aren’t concerned with your health and do not care if they are providing you with an expired product.
- Purchasing drugs which are not FDA (Federal Drug Administration) approved. This means the drugs you are taking have not been checked for safety or effectiveness. In these circumstances, your health may be at risk.
- Purchasing products with harmful side effects or products likely to cause an allergic reaction.