Buyer Beware: New Study Warns Consumers About Potential Dangers of Buying Statins Online
While buying prescription drugs online may seem convenient and cost-effective, it can potentially have serious health consequences. A new British research study warns consumers of the risks of purchasing statins such as Lipitor, Zocor and Crestor online.
The study, published in the journal Pharmaco-Epidemiology and Drug Safety, examined 184 websites that offered statins, such as Lipitor, and their generic counterparts. Researchers discovered that 92% of the websites surveyed did not provide consumers with contraindications for the drugs and 47% offered no information on drugs that should not be combined with statins. Additionally, 96% of the sites failed to provide consumers with information on adverse reactions that could potentially be caused by the drugs.
The researchers also warned that buying prescription medications through the Internet does not guarantee that you will receive the same quality product as you would if you purchased the product through a licensed pharmacy. The potency, dosing and ingredients of any medication purchased online should be verified before you use the product.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration advises consumers to use caution when purchasing prescription drugs over the Internet. Specifically, the FDA advises:
- Using sites that require a prescription and have a pharmacist available to answer questions
- Using pharmacies that are licensed to do business in the U.S.
- Limit what personal information you provide, particularly credit card or banking information.
If you’re considering purchasing prescription drugs online, consult your doctor first to determine if the medication is appropriate for your symptoms and whether there is the potential for any adverse side effects. Don’t purchase medications through any site that claims you don’t need a prescription. If you order your prescriptions online, do not take any medication whose packaging appears to have been altered or otherwise tampered with. You should also avoid purchasing any medications that are not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
If you experience unusual side effects after taking a prescription drug you purchased online, contact your physician to assess your symptoms. Patients who experience complications after taking prescription medications may potentially have grounds to seek monetary compensation for their injuries. If you or a loved one suffered harmful side effects after taking a prescription or over-the-counter medication, you should contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to discuss your rights.
Nadrich & Cohen, LLP represents victims in all 50 states who’ve been injured by harmful medications. For more information on filing a product liability claim, call 1-800-718-4658.