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Buying Medications Online

Author: Dr. Ran Goldman, Chief Medical Officer, MedSchoolForParents.com
There are several important considerations about buying a prescription medication online:

 

  • It may not contain real activated ingredient needed
  • It may not be the right dose
  • It can be contaminated
  • It might include other products

 

 
 
Example: In January 2010, the FDA reported a counterfeit of Orlistat being sold, which had no actual ingredients of Orlistat, but rather was a different weight loss ingredient not approved in the US.
 
Top Tips from Dr. Ran Goldman, medschoolforparents.com Expert:

 

  • Go to a physical pharmacy if possible
  • If buying online, buy within your country or state
  • Ensure there is a number you can call to speak to a pharmacist
  • Make sure the company asks for your written prescription
  • If the drug is a lot cheaper than pharmacy prices, do not buy it

 

 
Updated: 03/08/2017

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