Do you know where you’re ordering your prescription drugs from? If you save money on your prescription drugs by getting them through mail-order, we came across some interesting statistics in The Examiner today which we think you should consider before you place your next order for your prescription drugs.
The legitimate pharmaceutical industry is now estimated to be worth $8.5 billion dollars. It’s pretty hefty chunk of change, until you consider that the counterfeit pharmaceutical industry is estimated to be worth $90 billion dollars.
That’s right; the counterfeit pharmaceutical industry is estimated to be more than 10 times the size of the legitimate pharmaceutical industry. And while most of us aren’t eactly crying our eyes out for Big Pharma, they’re not the only ones being hurt. Counterfeit and substandard drugs are responsible for nearly 1 million deaths a year, and contribute to rising drug resistance worldwide.
How can your protect yourself from counterfeit drugs? KNOW WHERE YOUR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS ARE FROM! Some things to keep in mind when ordering your prescription drugs online:
First of all, anyone can set up a “pharmacy” online, and it can be extremely difficult to verify that you are actually receiving legitimate prescription drugs and not counterfeits. And don’t think that packaging is any indication of where your prescription drugs are coming from. Many of these counterterfeit drugs are delivered in highly professional-loooking packaging, as slick as any you’d find in your local drugstore.
If you are interested in purchasing your prescription drugs online, here are a few safety tips to keep in mind:
• Avoid ordering drugs from an unlicensed pharmacy.
• Avoid ordering drugs which from a pharmacy that does not require a prescription.
• Do not import drug that are not approved by the U.S. FDA. That’s illegal!
• Make sure that the pharmacy that you are ordering from is in a country with adequate safety standards. (Besides the U.S., Canada is a good bet.)
• Avoid online pharmacies that do not offer any company information, such as an address and telephone number where they can be reached.
• Insist on access to a licensed pharmacist in case you have any questions about your drugs.
• Ask that your order be shipped with the original manufacturer packaging; if that packaging is broken, don’t take it!
• Read and understand any website privacy and security policies. Don’t risk losing control of your credit card, health and other personal information.
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