FDA has taken action against more than 9,600 websites that illegally sell potentially dangerous, unapproved prescription medicines, according to a June 27 FDA news release, including the seizure of 1,677 websites and more than $41 million worth of illegal medicines worldwide. In addition, the websites bypassed existing safety controls required by FDA and the protections provided when patients obtain medications with a valid prescription and under a doctor’s supervision, including products bought online. Many of these websites appeared to be operating as part of an organized criminal network that falsely claimed its websites were Canadian pharmacies, according to FDA. During Operation Pangea VI, part of the sixth annual International Internet Week of Action, FDA partnered with law enforcement, customs, and regulatory authorities from 99 countries to identify the makers and distributors of illegal drug products and medical devices and remove the products from the supply chain. The websites displayed fake licenses and certifications to convince U. patients to purchase drugs they advertised as “brand name” and “FDA approved,” but the drugs were not from Canada and were neither brand name nor FDA approved. According to FDA, it was the largest Internet-based action of its kind. Some of the medicines sold illegally by the websites included the following: FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Cybercrime Investigations Unit banner is now displayed on seized websites to help patients identify the sites as illegal. patients into believing an affiliation existed with these retailers. Preliminary findings of screened drug products received through selected international mail facilities showed that certain medications from abroad, such as antidepressants, hormone replacement therapies, sleep aids, and other drugs to treat erectile dysfunction (ED), high cholesterol, and seizures, were on the way to U. A list of the online pharmacies selling drugs illegally is available on FDA’s website. In addition, FDA offers information on how to identify an illegal pharmacy website and advice on how to find a safe online pharmacy through the Be Safe Rx: Know Your Online Pharmacy campaign. Many of these online pharmacies also pose non-health–related risks, including credit card fraud, identity theft, or computer viruses, FDA warned. According to the FDA, 97% of online pharmacies are illegitimate and unsafe. Even experts have difficulty identifying a fake online pharmacy from its website alone. What looks like a discount online pharmacy from Canada or the U. could be a rogue website from anywhere in the world. Highly sophisticated criminal enterprises are utilizing malware, engaging in identity theft, and selling medicine that does not work, or worse, is dangerous to your health. Use our search tool to determine if your online pharmacy is certified and from a safe source. We will never use your personal information without your permission, and we will contact you for your permission first if your story is one we think should be shared with others. I've searched hundreds of online pharmacies trying to find low cost drugs, and using your search tool I found out they were all fake. It will take a lot of education and all of us working together to stop illegitimate and unsafe online pharmacies. I'm a physician and I had a hard time telling the difference. Do you have a story to share about you or someone you love who had a bad experience with a fake online pharmacy? I'm glad to have access to your search tool and I hope anyone thinking about buying drugs online verifies before they buy.
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