- Make sure the site requires a prescription and has a pharmacist available for questions.
- Buy only from licensed pharmacies located in the United States. BeSafeRx: Know Your Online Pharmacy has more information about finding safe and legal online pharmacies.
- Don't provide personal information such as credit card numbers unless you are sure the site will protect them.
BeSafeRx: Know Your Online Pharmacy Educational Resources: Buying Medicine and Medical Products Over the Internet FDA takes action to protect consumers from dangerous medicines sold by illegal online pharmacies
FDA news release (6/27/2013)
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FDA news release (10/4/2012)
Beware of Online Cancer Fraud
FDA Consumer Update
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