Think that online pharmacy looks legitimate? Consider this: counterfeiters may be using the web to sell their substandard, tainted, or even toxic pills. In fact, it’s estimated that about 50% of medicine sold through fake online pharmacies may be counterfeit.
Counterfeit treatments for cancer, diabetes, asthma, heart disease and other serious illnesses have all been discovered on these fake online pharmacies. It’s especially important that those living with chronic disease - who may be dependent on the integrity of their medication for life and health - exercise caution when ordering their medicines online. Read more in the new report, A Risky Proposition: How Opening the U.S. to Foreign Medicines Poses a Risk to Chronically Ill Americans.
Fortunately for America, it’s estimated only a tiny fraction of the global supply of counterfeit drugs makes it into the U.S. drug supply. All that could change, however, if Washington opens the closed system that has protected our medicines well for decades, and allows importation of foreign drugs.