FDA launches a new program called BeSafeRx
If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. So why are you ordering your medications online? Well to be frank, many of us can’t afford the medication as it costs in the local store. Either because we are denied insurance due to chronic health conditions, or simply all the treatments are so expensive we don’t have any money left for our every day medication costs. Because of this, the FDA has launched a program called BeSafeRx.
So many people are being scammed into taking sugar pills that they are paying far, far too much for. In some cases, even worse. They are taking discarded or old, out-of-date medication that could kill the user. Now, granted many with RSD might not always see the second one as that terrible of a thing when we are at our worst points. But bad medication is not how any of us want to go.
But consider this. If they are lying about your medicine, what would stop them from using that payment information to steal your identity. When you purchase your medicine, you give a pharmacy your name, your birth date, your address, your credit card. This is more than it takes to steal your identity.
The FDA has created a list of some simple ways to quickly spot a scam:
- 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 located outside of the United States
- Are not licensed in the United States
These are signs of a fake online pharmacy.
Tips for identifying 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.
These are signs of a safe, legal online pharmacy.
I know price can be a big reason to want to get our medicine through other ways, like online. But in the end we have to put our long term health and safety first.