Oct. 5, 2012
Thousands of Colorado residents use online pharmacies because of deep discounts and ease of use; however, experts are warning that taking medications from an online pharmacy may be hazardous to your health.
A story from Colorado’s 9 News reports the Department of Homeland Security recently completed a massive sting to shut down illegitimate online pharmacies. Project “Bitter Pill” was responsible for shutting down a total of 686 websites for infractions ranging from selling counterfeit medications to dispensing drugs without a prescription. A total of 79 arrests were made, and 3.7 million doses of counterfeit medications were seized.
One Colorado resident, whose aunt uses online pharmacies to get her diabetes and kidney medications, admitted to reporters that the sites could potentially lead to death. He elaborated by saying if the insulin and other medications his aunt receives aren’t genuine, it could cause a dangerous Colorado Drug Injury. He also cited concern over young children and teens being able to buy dangerous drugs, like painkillers, without a prescription.
Numbers confirm the man’s concerns. Experts say of 10,000 online pharmacies examined, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy does not recommend a total of 97 percent—and 87 percent do not require a prescription.