A 2007-2010 study by the CDC found that people age 65 and older took an average of 5+ prescription drugs. Their research also found that the cost of prescription medications has been rising. The financial burden can be overwhelming, especially for those on a fixed income, and has led many to look for cheaper alternatives over the internet.
Of course, not all sites online are safe. Some have been found to sell counterfeit, expired or non-FDA approved medicines. The US Department of Health and Human Services offers the following advice for buying prescription medication online:
-The website should be licensed by the state board of pharmacy
– A licensed pharmacist should be available to answer questions
– A prescription from your doctor should be required for the purchase
– Look for security policies to ensure your personal information is protected
For more information, please visit the FDA’s website: http://www.fda.gov/drugs/resourcesforyou/ucm080588.htm