Most of us get spam in our e-mail accounts daily touting how you can insanely cheap prescription drugs at some random website. There is likely no merit in clicking on the links in those e-mails. Could there be some merit, though, to buying medicine online instead of at your local pharmacy?
The reality is prescription drugs can cost less online, but it can be a dangerous proposition. More people than ever before are turning to the Internet to purchase cheaper drugs, but medicines obtained this way often come with a risk of harming individuals or families.
Many websites selling drugs are quite deceptive in concealing their true nature. Many drugs sold there are counterfeit, contaminated, unsafe and even fatal. Furthermore, many who sell prescription drugs are unlicensed, operate illegally, or are based in other countries where medicines transported to the United States are not subject to the same regulations.
Prescription drugs imported to the United States from these foreign locales are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration because there is no way to assure these items are manufactured under the same safety regulations as American-made drugs.
A lack of health insurance or no coverage for certain medications under some health plans can drive desperate people to consider buying their medicine online. For them, knowing which sites are safe and legitimate and which ones are not safe can be a source of confusion.
The harsh reality is that a great majority of these websites are not safe. There are resources out there to help low income individuals and families purchase medications. Using those options is the best course of action. Steering clear of websites offering cheap prescription drugs is the smart thing to do.