Dangers of Internet pharmacies
Read in Medical News Today:
Efforts to halt the growing abuse of prescription drugs must include addressing the availability of these drugs on the Internet and increasing physician awareness of the dangers posed by Internet pharmacies. A recent article describes the probable contribution of Internet pharmacies to the problem and outline potential strategies for addressing the problem.
Some illegitimate online pharmacies sell drugs with no prescription or medical information at all while others ask for completion of a questionnaire before a prescription is issued by a physician who has never seen the patient. Studies from CASA Columbia have found that 85 percent of websites offering controlled prescription drugs do not require a prescription, and many that do allow the prescription to be faxed, increasing the risk of forgery or fraud.
while physicians and other health care providers should play a major part in addressing the challenges posed by Internet pharmacies, their awareness of the problem and ability to recognize and treat substance abuse of any kind is usually limited. “Physicians need to educate patients about the risks of purchasing any medications over the Internet and should consider brief but routine questioning about Internet-based medication use,”…
Commentary Calls For Awareness Of Internet Pharmacies’ Role In Prescription Drug Abuse. Medical News Today, 21st of December 2011. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/239495.php