Feds Shut Down More Than 1,600 Fake Online Pharmacies

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    Federal regulators and law-enforcement agencies shut more than 1,600 illegal pharmacy websites this week, including fake Walgreens and CVS websites. WOW. Karen.

    CNN: FDA Shuts Down 1,677 Online Pharmacies

    The prices may look tempting, but ordering from an online pharmacy is often a bad deal, according to Interpol and the U.S Food and Drug Administration, announcing a crackdown Thursday on thousands of websites. The FDA said it has shut down 1,677 sites for selling counterfeit or substandard medication, or for selling drugs without appropriate safeguards. Other sites received regulatory warnings. Officials said they also arrested 58 people and seized more than $41 million worth of illegal medicines.
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Jun 30, '13
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    I'm certain this crackdown didn't affect the masses of online pharmacies operating abroad from home bases in Mexico, Canada, New Zealand, India, and other countries. I do not see how the FDA has jurisdiction over foreign pharmacies.

    EDIT: After reading the article, I see that most of the targeted pharmacies were based in other countries.

    Since I order medications from online pharmacies on a regular basis, this article piqued my interest. Thanks for sharing.
    Last edit by TheCommuter on Jun 30, '13 : Reason: addendum
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    Where will I buy my v1AgRa?
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    Quote from wooh
    Where will I buy my v1AgRa?
    Not to mention VaL1Vm and X4n4x!
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    does that mean i wont get any more spam ads??
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    If my real life were as interesting as the spammers seem to think it is..................

    Completely OT but my adult children, as a joke, signed me up for a farmersonly.com account. Every week my spam email is graced 'possible matches' - oy!
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    I know next to nothing about online pharmacies but am not sure how the Feds can stop this..can't these businesses re-open under other names? I never understood how someone could order meds w/o a script anyway..and how do you know you are getting the med and not something else? Too scary for me.
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    Quote from Marshall1
    I know next to nothing about online pharmacies but am not sure how the Feds can stop this..can't these businesses re-open under other names? I never understood how someone could order meds w/o a script anyway..and how do you know you are getting the med and not something else? Too scary for me.
    The article states the crackdown was international, with the cooperation of many other countries. These kinds of pharmacies usually have associated doctors (of dubious credentials, I'm sure) who diagnose and prescribe based on an online health history submitted by the customer, sight unseen. Aside from that hugely questionable practice, counterfeit, expired, tainted or just plain wrong medications are common, and was the major reason for the crackdown.

    There are legitimate online pharmacies in the US, probably other countries too. I'm sure they have the same dispensing requirements as brick and mortar pharmacies though, requiring an actual prescription before filling your order, as opposed to having a pharmacy employee prescribe to you. The only online pharmacy I've ever used is associated with the HMO I use, so I don't know for sure about others.
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    Quote from jrwest
    does that mean i wont get any more spam ads??
    this is a good one!
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    Quote from NurseDirtyBird

    There are legitimate online pharmacies in the US, probably other countries too. I'm sure they have the same dispensing requirements as brick and mortar pharmacies though, requiring an actual prescription before filling your order, as opposed to having a pharmacy employee prescribe to you. The only online pharmacy I've ever used is associated with the HMO I use, so I don't know for sure about others.
    I get my seroquel from Health Warehouse because it's way cheaper than Walmart or any brick and mortar pharmacy. They are like any normal pharmacy-prescription required from a doctor or any one else that has prescribing authority. They are a pharmacy for people who don't have insurance-they don't accept it if you do have it.


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