Feds Shut Down More Than 1,600 Fake Online Pharmacies

  1. 5 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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  3. Visit  TheCommuter profile page
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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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  4. Visit  wooh profile page
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    Where will I buy my v1AgRa?
    Not_A_Hat_Person, elkpark, jtmarcy12, and 12 others like this.
  5. Visit  SoldierNurse22 profile page
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    Quote from wooh
    Where will I buy my v1AgRa?
    Not to mention VaL1Vm and X4n4x!
    sharpeimom, suzw, NutmeggeRN, and 1 other like this.
  6. Visit  jrwest profile page
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    does that mean i wont get any more spam ads??
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  7. Visit  meanmaryjean profile page
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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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  8. Visit  Marshall1 profile page
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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!
  11. Visit  Poochiewoochie profile page
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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.
  12. Visit  VickyRN profile page
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    I didn't take the time to read the details of the linked article, but the Canadian pharmacies are generally legit and people on tight budgets can save a ton of money using their services. I hope these weren't shut down as well.

    This goes back to my original jaded premise - that the FDA is in the back pocket of big Pharma interests here in the US.
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  13. Visit  BlueDevil,DNP profile page
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    No one in my immediate family takes any prescriptions on a routine basis, but my parents buy a lot of their medications from an online pharmacy in India. We traced the sources and realized that the Rite Aid down the street from them gets the same generic drugs from the exact same Indian manufactures, lol. Dad's BP is well controlled, so all is well that ends well. Yes, it is illegal. Yes, if customs opens the package they will seize it and Dad is out $30 (for a 90 day supply). That same medication would cost over $600 here in the States, so he considers it a risk worth taking. If I needed a routine prescription, I would definitely order it from India or Canada with confidence. I would not even consider filling it in the US, and I have outstanding health insurance. Prescription drug benefits are a shell game and the player always loses.
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  14. Visit  Not_A_Hat_Person profile page
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    Quote from wooh
    Where will I buy my v1AgRa?
    Pfizer has partnered with CVS to sell Viagra directly.

    I live close enough to the border that I can have scripts filled at a brick-and-mortar Canadian pharmacy, though they're not always willing to fill American scripts.


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