Internet Pharmacies: Some Pose Safety Risks for Consumers

As the demand for and the cost of prescription drugs rise, many consumers have turned to the Internet to purchase drugs. Recent reports of unapproved and counterfeit drugs sold over the Internet have raised further concerns. This report examines the extent to which certain drugs can be purchased over the Internet without a prescription; whether the drugs are handled properly, approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and authentic; and the extent to which Internet pharmacies are reliable in their business practices.

Provided by: U.S. General Accounting Office Topic: Software Date Added: Jun 2004 Format: PDF

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