Prescription Drugs Still Easy To Buy Online

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Although the number of Web sites selling controlled prescription drugs, like OxyContin and Valium, has decreased in the past year, 85 percent of Web sites selling such drugs do not require a prescription according to a new report by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University.

Out of 365 Web sites selling controlled prescription drugs, only two were found to be legitimate sites that were certified by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, a professional organization representing all state boards of pharmacy.

"This decline in the number of Web sites advertising or selling controlled prescription drugs may reflect efforts of federal and state agencies and financial institutions to crack down on Internet drug trafficking. Nevertheless, in spite of those efforts, anyone of any age can obtain dangerous and addictive prescription drugs with the click of a mouse," said Joseph A. Califano, Jr., CASA’s Chairman and President and former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare.

Of those sites that did not require a prescription, 42 percent advertised that no prescription was needed, 45 percent offered an "online consultation," and 13 percent made no mention of a prescription.

Benzodiazepines (like Xanax and Valium) remain the most frequently offered drugs for sale with 90 percent of sites selling them, followed by opioids (like Vicodin and OxyContin) available at 57 percent of sites.

The CASA report recommends the U.S. negotiate treaties with foreign governments to help stop the flow of illegal prescription drugs online.

It also called on search engines like Yahoo, Google and Microsoft to block advertisements from unlicensed and uncertified online pharmacies.

Prescription Drugs Still Easy To Buy Online
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  • http://www.lightingsupply.com Commercial Lighting

    I know darn well that RX sales are alive and well.  I get spam email every hour on these items!!

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  • http://www.TotalHosting.com TotalHosting

    I saw a recent report on this. The bigger problem isn’t that they are selling prescription drugs online, it’s that most of the drugs advertised/sold are fakes. At best they are placebos, at worse they are nothing but deadly poisons mixed and pressed into a mold to shape and then sometimes literally spray painted to match color.

    Most of these knockoff drugs supposedly are from China, made in sweatshops using old fashioned pill molding and packaging equipment.

    Part of the report talked about a foreign government who bought medicine online but never tested it before handing it out. It turned out to contain anti-freeze and made thousands of people very sick.

    On the upside, if you do happen to buy some tainted illegal prescription drugs online, you will likely end up immortalized in The Onion or as a receipient of a Darwin Award.

  • http://www.cisin.com CIS – Outsourcing Company

    first of all, thanks for this information, i have also found that in UK market same thing is happening. Some illeagal websites are selling prescription and non prescription drugs without any license and agreement with goverment body. I am also requesting all the search engines to stop all those illegal sites thourgh this medium.

    thanks for this articles, this must help many people while buying medicines online.

    Vishal Gupta

  • http://www.bestsizeonline.com J. Anthony Smith

    i was thinking in promoting online pharmacies that sell prescription drugs, i have noticed that most of these pharmacies do not require prior prescription, but the market looks very potencial .

    any advice?

    • M. Panchyshyn RN

      Are you kidding or am I reading this wrong??… Are you talking about marketing these "No Prescription, online pharmacies"? 

      Although there may be the potential of reaping profit runoff while continuing a downward spiral of their sites, the dangers of promoting these monsters are unimaginable.  These are horribly addictive drugs, or worse yet, poisonous chemicals.  Why would anyone want to knowingly promote the distribution of these substances?

      This also brings to light the question of liability.  How long do you think it will take someone to realize they cannot easily sue another country or company in another country?  My guess is that they will go after those who promote the garbage.

      I’ve personally seen too many patients end up hopelessly addicted or dead.

      If I read the "Pharmacy Marketing" post wrong, I apologize.

  • Wingus

    It seems now, we are in an all digital age. Forget going out to the shops now, we can get the shops to come to us. Why bother trailing that 500 yards to the shop, that’s too much bother, we need to get online and order what we want from there instead (damn lazy lot we are..lol)

    Pharmacies are no different, to keep up with the ever growning age, it’s important to have a certain online presence.

    However, that’s wehre i draw the line, i do NOT condone any sort of food or oral administrative products from online places.

    First of all, can you guarantee you are getting what you paid for? Are you sure they are the painkillers you want, or the anti-depressants you might need? I would say this, you cannot guarantee anything..not even that the label is correct, let alone the sensative drugs, that CAN and WILL kill if not taken properly.

    Second, have you consulted your GP or doctor about this? Does he recomend it? What side efects could it have? More importantly, is it the correct dose? You can never be too sure, after all, you were not there at the factory or got any guarantees from your doctor that these are ok for you. Will they have any efects on your current meds..if any?

    Next, If there are any problems….who do you contact? What if you are given fakes,can you get your money back? Who is actually behind the manufacture of these drugs, are they trustworthy? Are they even registered?

    Finally, a frighteneing thought….are you unwittingly contributing to organised crime? Crime is nothing new, but criminals are getting smart as the technology improves. I am guessing that anyone can set up a small store and sell undisclosed illegal drugs, round the world, in a legitimate store front. Sure enought you might even get your meds as requested, but also that gives the criminals a great cover to smuggle loads of other toxic drugs under disguise.

    So, before you even think of going to these sites…ask yourself…what is it you really need, and if it’s regarding your health..always seek professional legal medical help from a registered GP. After all…it’s your life at steak.

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  • http://verylonglife.com Long Life

    That drugstores sell not forgeries but generic drugs. That is to say indian copies of other producers medicines.

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