The Counterfeiting Superhighway report, carried out by the European Alliance for Access to Safe Medicines (EAASM), indicates that 62 percent of drugs purchased over the Internet are counterfeit.
Likewise, 95.6 percent of the virtual pharmacies consulted operate illegally and 94 percent of the pages in question do not identify pharmacists or present professional proof.
The outlook becomes even more negative when it was concluded that, in the total of cases analyzed – illegal or not -, 90 percent of pharmacies online sell prescription drugs without any prescription.
In this context, only 38 percent of the drugs purchased on the Internet proved to be true, even with 16 percent of them being legally imported from the United States. 33 percent of over-the-counter drugs were sold over the counter, which, «in addition to being illegal is potentially dangerous to consumers’ health,» says the report.
Among the drugs on sale are those that are indicated for the treatment of cardiovascular, respiratory, psychiatric and other diseases. The variety of medication available online, the sale of products without a prescription and a lack of control over the legality of medicines are three factors that can lead consumers to «take medicines that can harm their health and, in extreme cases, lead to death «, emphasizes Jim Thomson, president of EAASM.
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