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AWARxE Recognizes American Pharmacists Month
Date:10/12/2010

MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill., Oct. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AWARxE, a consumer protection program provided by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®), encourages patients not to compromise on quality of care when buying medications online. Similarly, the core message for this year's American Pharmacists Month, "know your medicine, know your pharmacist," highlights the pharmacist's important role in patient health care outcomes.

The AWARxE program aims to educate patients on the safe and effective use of their medications, and pharmacist care is a vital part of that equation, explains NABP President William T. Winsley, MS, RPh. "Whether the pharmacy is online or around the corner, consumers should be able to trust that a licensed, qualified pharmacist is there to ensure they are getting the right medication, at the right dose, that is appropriate for their condition, and to answer any questions or address any problems they might have."

The Internet provides consumers with a convenient option to interact with their pharmacy remotely. A legitimate Internet pharmacy will treat patients with the same care and guidance as the neighborhood brick-and-mortar pharmacy. The fact is, however, many Web sites selling prescription drugs are not what they appear to be. Through extensive research, AWARxE finds that as many as 96% of Web sites selling prescription drugs are out of compliance with pharmacy laws and practice standards established in the United States to protect patient health. Rogue Web sites are all over the Internet, operating as virtual pill peddlers, selling dangerous and addictive drugs indiscriminately to anyone with a credit card, regardless of age or health, and, often, regardless of the safety, efficacy, or authenticity of the drugs they sell.

In keeping with the theme of American Pharmacists Month, AWARxE seeks to impress upon consumers that today's pharmacists are highly trained health care professionals who pl
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