Online Medication Sales Without Prescriptions Reach All Time High

Online Medication Sales Without Prescriptions Reach All Time High

Online Medication Sales Without Prescriptions Reach All Time High

Millions of Americans have purchased pharmaceutical drugs over the internet without a doctor’s prescription, according to recent research by Drugfree.org, a part of the White House Intellectual Property Health and Safety Forum. Over 36 million people have engaged in the illegal practice. The medications sold through these online portals are often counterfeit, expired or otherwise dangerous. Taking medications without a doctor’s approval is also dangerous and can lead to serious health complications. Major internet commerce companies are joining together to help stop these illegal operations.

The United States has many laws in place to ensure consumers are receiving tested, safe medications that are not expired or counterfeit. However, these online websites do not comply to these laws, endangering anyone who orders from them. 11 online companies have banded together to create a new organization for fighting these sales. Companies in the group include Go Daddy, MasterCard, PayPal, Visa and Microsoft.

This past June the White House Administration created and submitted a new plan for combating intellectual property theft, which includes the sale and creation of these counterfeit medications. This plan has allowed the Intellectual Property Enforcement Committee to make new connections with private corporations like Visa and PayPal. Without the support and help of these corporations stopping the sale of illegal prescription drugs has been very difficult.

Despite the number of illegal prescription drug websites, many online pharmacies are legitimate and sell only FDA-approved medications and require a doctor’s prescription. Many consumers don’t realize they are buying their prescription drugs from an unlicensed website and assume that the lack of a doctor’s prescription simply makes the website they are using more convenient. Most of them don’t realize that the pills they are purchasing may be very dangerous or have no effect on them at all.


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