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Date:5/25/2011

ned buyers to be wary of any products they buy online.

"No guidelines exist as to what is sold and in what purity, and consumers are led to believe that purchased goods are entirely legal," he said. "The product name cannot be used as an indication of what it contains as there is variation in the content of the same product name between different Internet sites," Baron added.

The findings should serve as a red flag for consumers, as well as the lawmakers attempting to curb the illegal sale of controlled substances, the study authors noted.

"As legislation deals with the current crop of products we can expect to see new products appearing that try to find a route of supplying previously banned substances," Baron warned.

More information

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has more about controlled substances.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Drug Testing and Analysis, news release, May 20, 2011


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