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Death on the Net? Over 60% of Medicines Sold by Online Pharmacies are Fake
Date:6/5/2008

The in-depth report examining internet pharmacies and life-saving medicines purchased online was presented today by the EAASM at the 4th Global Forum

on Pharmaceutical AntiCounterfeiting(TM) in Washington DC.

WASHINGTON, June 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The European Alliance for Access to Safe Medicines (EAASM) has today unveiled its comprehensive research report -- The Counterfeiting Superhighway. The report revealed that a frightening 62% of medicines purchased online are fake or substandard. These include medicines indicated to treat serious conditions such as cardiovascular and respiratory disease, neurological disorders, and mental health conditions.

The rapid growth of illegal online pharmacies means there is a higher risk that fake medicines will reach patients. Untrained, unsuspecting consumers are extremely vulnerable to the potentially lethal outcomes of buying medicines online. The Counterfeiting Superhighway report reveals the scope and repercussions of this growing, dangerous practice through extensive research and examination.

Following in-depth analysis of over one hundred online pharmacies, commonly purchased prescription-only medicines were ordered online(1). All medicines were delivered without requiring the sight of a prescription. This is illegal and presents a serious threat to public health. Expert visual and chemical analysis of the prescription-only medicines purchased online compounded the desk research findings.

* 95.6% of online pharmacies researched are operating illegally.

* 94% of websites do not have a named, verifiable pharmacist.

* Over 90% of websites supply prescription-only medicines without a

prescription.

* 86% of online 'pharmacy approval' stamps are fake.

The report demonstrates that there is a three in five chance of receiving a fake or substandard medicine when you buy online. Whilst only 38% of the medicines received were found to be genuine branded me
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SOURCE The European Alliance for Access to Safe Medicines
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