FDA introduces BeSafeRx campaign
A May 2012 FDA survey of over 6
A May 2012 FDA survey of over 6,000 adult internet shoppers found 23% had
purchased pharmaceuticals online.
Of those surveyed, 30% were not confident about the appropriate way to safely
buy prescriptions online. This data
is concerning, as a recent NABP review of 10,000 online pharmacies found only 3%
followed US pharmacy laws and regulations.
This puts consumers at an increased risk of receiving inferior or even
dangerous medication for their medical conditions.
To combat this problem, on September 28 2012, FDA launched BeSafeRx-Know
Your Online Pharmacy patient education campaign.
BeSafeRx is designed to caution consumers about the hazards of purchasing
prescriptions from online pharmacies.
The BeSafeRx website features helpful tips that assist consumers in identifying
fraudulent versus safe online pharmacies.
It is recommended consumers only buy from pharmacies that require a valid
prescription, have a location in the US, have a licensed pharmacist available,
and are licensed by the state board of pharmacy.
Links to all 50 state boards of pharmacies’ license databases are
available on the website, allowing consumers to determine if an online pharmacy
is licensed in the United States. BeSafeRx
also provides healthcare providers resources on talking to patients about the
importance of purchasing drugs from safe venues.
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