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Not all websites are the same. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns that there are many unsafe online pharmacies that claim to sell prescription drugs at deeply discounted prices, often without requiring a prescription. These internet-based pharmacies often sell unapproved, counterfeit or otherwise unsafe medicines outside the safeguards followed by licensed pharmacies.




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Rogue online pharmacies offer potentially dangerous prescription drugs to U.S. consumers. FDA has issued warning letters informing the website operators that they are engaged in illegal activity in violation of the U.S. Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, including:


A simple Internet search will turn up hundreds of Web sites that sell drugs. Some Internet pharmacies are legitimate, but many offer products and services that are dangerous. Some sell drugs that are not approved for use in Canada because of safety concerns. Some take advantage of people desperate for relief by offering "miracle cures" for serious illnesses like cancer. Many offer prescription drugs based on answers to an on-line questionnaire. These sites tell you they will save you the "embarrassment" of talking to your doctor about certain prescription drugs, such as Viagra, or drugs to prevent hair loss, or promote weight loss. What they do not tell you is that it is dangerous to take a prescription drug without being examined in person and monitored by a health care practitioner to make sure the drug is helping you.


Buying drugs from Internet pharmacies that do not provide a street address and telephone number may pose serious health risks. You have no way of knowing where these companies are located, where they get their drugs, what is in their drugs, or how to reach them if there is a problem. If you order from these sites, you may get counterfeit drugs with no active ingredients, drugs with the wrong ingredients, drugs with dangerous additives, or drugs past their expiry date. Even if these drugs do not harm you directly or immediately, your condition may get worse without effective treatment.


If you order prescription drugs without being examined and monitored by a health care practitioner, you may be misdiagnosed, and miss the opportunity to get an appropriate treatment that would help you. You may also put yourself at risk for drug interactions, or harmful side effects that a qualified health professional could better foresee.


Do tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of the health products you take, including vitamin and natural health products, as well as prescription and over-the-counter drugs. They need this information to assess and advise you about potential side effects and drug interactions.


Health Canada licenses and conducts regular inspections of companies that manufacture, import and/or distribute drugs. In addition, Health Canada investigates complaints related to the sale or use of therapeutic drugs, including complaints about Web sites that sell drugs, and takes action where appropriate. Also, Health Canada works with the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency to control the illegal entry of prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Individual Canadians are allowed to import a three-month supply of therapeutic drugs, subject to a number of restrictions.


You cannot get prescription medicines without a prescription. A legal medicines supplier will never give you prescription medicines if you do not have a prescription from a doctor. Doctors, including online doctors, may only prescribe you medicines if they meet certain conditions. For example, they must have access to your medical records, which must be up to date.


Have you found an online supplier that is offering medicines for sale without prescription that usually require a prescription? Be aware: they are selling fake medicines. Using them can seriously damage your health.


Look up the medicine you want to buy in the Medicines Information Bank. It will tell you whether a medicine is only available on prescription. The Information Bank is maintained by the Committee for the Safety of Medicines (CBG).


Prescription medication can often be purchased in Mexico without a physician's prescription. United States residents living along the border may have access to dangerous medications by crossing the border and purchasing them in Mexican pharmacies. We sought to determine the extent and frequency of this behavior in a sample of our ambulatory clinic population. Patients from the Texas Tech University Internal Medicine Clinic were surveyed to collect information about their use of medications, use of alternative sources of health care in Mexico, and purchasing of prescription medication in Juarez, Mexico. More than 80% of patients stated they had purchased prescription-type medication at a pharmacy without a physician's prescription. The most common reasons for buying prescription medication in Mexico were because it was less expensive or because a prescription was not necessary. These data indicate a potential for US residents along the border to take medications in an unregulated manner, a practice that could pose problems for health care providers on both sides of the border.


The issue of a third class of medications has always had its supporters and detractors. During the 1980s, both sides overlooked the fact that pharmacists had clearly demonstrated their value in controlling a third class of drugs for over half a century. The classic illustration that proved this case was that of nonprescription insulin products, and Schedule V products add credence to this point as well.


Nevertheless, the fact remains that nonprescription insulins have been available only from pharmacies since their introduction in the 1920s. Wholesalers and other suppliers will not sell them to nonpharmacy outlets. Thus, they have been a valid third class of medications within the U.S. for decades.


Some states have created a third class of medications by allowing nonprescription sales of certain codeine-containing (C-V) products. These Schedule V products included now-discontinued anti-diarrheals such as Donnagel-PG and Infantol Pink. C-V cough preparations are sold as a third class of medications by such states as Oklahoma.7 In that state, prospective purchasers must sign a bound record book providing their name, address, and date, and a pharmacist must initial each purchase. The number of C-V cough syrups has slowly dwindled. Naldecon-CX, Robitussin AC, Novahistine-DH, and Cheracol have all apparently been discontinued, but a product known as Cheratussin AC is still available without a prescription.


Some jurisdictions have passed laws placing syringes in BTC status to control sales. For instance, San Francisco undertook syringe control in the 1990s to minimize the spread of HIV in the heterosexual community.8 Pharmacies registered under the program can sell or provide up to 10 syringes to individuals aged 18 years and above without a prescription. Syringes must be stored behind the counter, and the pharmacy must provide verbal counseling or written information regarding how to access drug treatment, how to access HIV and hepatitis screening and treatment, and how to safely dispose of used syringes.


While a third class of drugs is no longer a novel concept, it is apparent that pharmacists are in a unique position to counsel patients and improve or restrict accessibility to nonprescription drugs with BTC status.


Pharmacists were chosen as the critical gatekeepers for PSE sales because they have the knowledge to determine whether sales are legitimate. They may ask you about such issues as other symptoms of a common cold to ensure that you have a medical need for a proposed purchase of PSE. If the pharmacist is not convinced that you have a legitimate need for PSE, he or she may ask you to visit a physician to determine whether a prescription product is more appropriate.


If you have any questions regarding nonprescription drugs or products that are only available BTC, your pharmacist will be there to address any concerns. Some pharmacies even provide pharmacy request cards in the aisle that you can bring up to the counter to help facilitate the sale.


Over-the-counter (OTC) medicines are those that can be sold directly to people without a prescription. OTC medicines treat a variety of illnesses and their symptoms including pain, coughs and colds, diarrhea, constipation, acne, and others. Some OTC medicines have active ingredients with the potential for misuse at higher-than-recommended dosages.


Pseudoephedrine, a nasal decongestant found in many OTC cold medicines, can be used to make methamphetamine. For this reason, products containing pseudoephedrine are sold "behind the counter" nationwide. A prescription is not needed in most states, but in states that do require a prescription, there are limits on how much a person can buy each month. In some states, only people 18 years of age or older can buy pseudoephedrine.


Loperamide is an opioid designed not to enter the brain. However, when taken in large amounts and combined with other substances, it may cause the drug to act in a similar way to other opioids. Other opioids, such as certain prescription pain relievers and heroin, bind to and activate opioid receptors in many areas of the brain, especially those involved in feelings of pain and pleasure. Opioid receptors are also located in the brain stem, which controls important processes, such as blood pressure, arousal, and breathing.


The high cost of prescription drugs continues to be a top health priority for the public. Policymakers at the federal and state level are pursuing a range of options to lower drug prices for Americans, one of which would allow for the safe importation of prescription drugs from Canada and other countries, based on evidence showing that people often pay more for medications in the U.S. than elsewhere. In an executive order issued July 2021, President Joe Biden directed the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to work with states to import prescription drugs from Canada, an approach that was put into place by the previous Administration and has bipartisan support among the general public (Figure 1). 041b061a72


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