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Beware of Online Pharmacies

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Beware of online pharmacies!

There is a new campaign to lessen your risks when buying prescription drugs online.

The new campaign, called BeSafeRx: Know Your Online Pharmacy, provides information to help consumers identify and avoid troublesome online pharmacies.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, medicines bought from fraudulent or illegal online pharmacies could be counterfeit, contaminated, expired, contain the wrong or no active ingredient, or not have FDA approval.

Experts at the FDA say one of the most common warning signs is exceptionally low prices.

The FDA advises to beware of online pharmacies that: are located outside the United States or are not licensed by a U.S. state agency; permit you to buy medicine without a prescription; send unsolicited emails offering deep discounts on medicine; or ship prescriptions worldwide or ship drugs from a foreign country.

The campaign recommends consumers buy medicines only from online pharmacies that: require a prescription from a doctor or other authorized health care professional; are licensed by the state board of pharmacy or equivalent state agency where you live; are located in the U.S. and provide a physical street address and have a licensed pharmacist available for consultation.