As part of its ongoing BeSafeRx: Know Your Online Pharmacy effort to protect consumers from the risks of fake online pharmacies, the FDA has developed a new, easy-to-use interactive map tool that lets consumers locate a state-licensed online pharmacy, providing a quick way to ensure the site you order from is safe and legal.
Fake online pharmacies use sophisticated marketing efforts or phony web storefronts to appear legitimate, so the FDA recommends you always confirm that an online pharmacy is licensed in the United States. Patients who buy medicines from these fraudulent websites may be putting their health at risk because the products may contain the wrong ingredients, or too little or too much of the active ingredient, or they might be made with other harmful substances. As a result, you may not receive the therapy you need, or you may experience unexpected side effects and possibly get worse.
That’s why the FDA launched the BeSafeRx: Know Your Online Pharmacy website, which offers resources for consumers, health professionals, and organizations on the risks of purchasing from a fake or fraudulent online pharmacy, how to identify them, and how to find legitimate online pharmacies from which to purchase medications. In addition to the new pharmacy map, you can find fact sheets, digital toolkits, videos, patient discussion guides, table tents, palm cards, stickers and other materials on the site.
Before you consider purchasing prescription medicines from an online pharmacy, especially one not associated with a health insurance plan or local “brick and mortar” pharmacy, check out the new interactive map and these additional resources at BeSafeRx: Know Your Online Pharmacy.
See the FDA’s Interactive Map of State-licensed Online Pharmacies
See the FDA’s BeSafeRx: Know Your Online Pharmacy site