Online Pharmacies: Red Flags To Watch For
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, following are red flags that may indicate that a pharmacy site is not legitimate:
- Does not require a bona-fide prescription issued by your personal physician.
- Does not ask the name, address or phone number of your current physician.
- Advises you about the law and why it is permissible to obtain controlled substances from foreign countries via the internet.
- Doesn't take insurance and requires all payments to be made with a credit card, often only certain credit cards.
- Only has a limited number of drugs for sale.
- Advises you to have the drugs sent to a post office box or other location to avoid detection.
- Does not allow a customer to continue unless the "right" information is entered into a questionnaire, such as a height and weight associated with need for a weight-loss drug.
It is also advisable to avoid pharmacies and internet sites that do not identify themselves or do not provide a U.S. contact phone number and address in the event of a problem. You can learn the identity of the owners of a site at www.register.com .
For an FDA guide to state-licensed online pharmacies, go to www.fda.gov/BeSafeRx . Click on Know Your Online Pharmacy.