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The sample press release below easily be tailored to promote your organization's support for the BeSafeRx campaign, or we would be happy to work with you to develop a customized press release showcasing the outreach initiatives your organization is conducting in support of the campaign.


Contact: [Media Contact Name]
[Contact Phone]

[Organization] joins FDA campaign to protect consumers from illegal online pharmacies

[CITY, STATE] - To protect consumers from the growing threat of illegal online pharmacies, [Your Organization] announced today that it is supporting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) national outreach campaign, "BeSafeRx." The campaign seeks to increase public awareness of the dangers of buying from fake online pharmacies and provide resources to help consumers safely purchase prescription medicine online.

WARNING! Beware of online pharmacies that:

  • Allow you to buy drugs without a prescription from your doctor
  • Offer deep discounts or cheap prices that seem too good to be true
  • Send spam or unsolicited email offering cheap drugs
  • Are based outside of the United States

These are signs of a fake online pharmacy.

Safe online pharmacies:

  • Always require a doctor’s prescription
  • Provide a physical address and telephone number in the United States
  • Offer a pharmacist to answer your questions
  • Have a license with your state board of pharmacy. Find your state’s pharmacy licensing database.


"Many websites use fake ‘storefronts’ to make consumers think they come from countries with high safety standards,” said [Spokesperson, Title]. “These websites target American consumers by pretending to be safe, legal pharmacies and selling drugs from unknown sources that may be improperly stored, made under filthy conditions, or contain harmful materials.

According to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), more than 97 percent of websites that present themselves as online pharmacies do not meet pharmacy laws and practice standards. These pharmacies may be selling drugs that are fake, expired, contaminated, or otherwise unsafe. Some of these websites look so sophisticated that it’s easy to fall victim to a fake pharmacy scheme.

"The FDA BeSafeRx website provides warning signs of fake online pharmacies and information on how to identify a safe, legal online pharmacy,” [Spokesperson] said. “Our goal is to protect American consumers by giving them the information they need to fill prescriptions safely online."

For more information, including resources to help you save on prescription medicines, please visit or email FDA Consumer Health Information at

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