The USA Today article "FDA warns of risks of online pharmacies" states, "The Food and Drug Administration is warning U.S. consumers that the vast majority of Internet pharmacies are fraudulent and likely are selling counterfeit drugs that could harm them."
The article goes on to state, "... they're [these online pharmacie] likely to get fake drugs that are contaminated, are past their expiration date or contain no active ingredient, the wrong amount of active ingredient or even toxic substances such as arsenic and rat poison."
And, "They could sicken or kill people, cause them to develop a resistance to their real medicine, cause new side effects or trigger harmful interactions with other medications being taken."
Research performed by National Association of Boards of Pharmacy found that out of thousands of online pharmacies surveyed, only about 3% actually abide by state and federal guidelines.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants the consumer to be aware of the risks that are taken when dealing with online pharmacies.
Thus, the FDA website "BeSafeRx: Know Your Online Pharmacy" informs the public about online pharmacies.
The website states, "FDA BeSafeRx is a national campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of buying prescription medicines from fake online pharmacies. This campaign provides the resources to help consumers."
The USA Today articles goes into further details on the problems with using online pharmacies. Use it to be safe, not sorry.