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FDA Warns About Harmful Online Pharmacies


The Food and Drug Administration has launched a national campaign to alert the public of the dangers of buying your prescription medications online.

The FDA says the "Be Safe Rx" campaign is designed to warn people that most Internet pharmacies are fraudulent and selling counterfeit drugs that could harm or even kill people. They say they are most likely selling fake drugs that may contain arsenic or other poisons.

The administration says just 3 percent of online pharmacies are licensed.

To find a list of safe online pharmacies, visit Seen on 6 on of our website.

"There are so many medications that interact with other medications, further complicated by seeing more than one physician or prescriber," said Larry Wagenknect who represents pharmacists across the state. "The FDA did a study and it came out of Brazil. The tablets looked the same color as here in the United States, but they were actually coated with lead paint."

The FDA says if you choose to buy products online products, make sure the pharmacy is certified by the FDA, but Wagenknecht says the best advice is to buy all your medications from one local pharmacy.

"The pharmacist has actually been trained and educated about how the medication works and what is the best medication to try and resolve a particular condition that a patient may have."



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