Getting Medication Online

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Filling prescriptions through the Internet may seem like a quick and convenient way to get medications. But there are a number of dangers with this practice. Dr. Edward Hill discusses them in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

There are many dangers associated with buying medications through Web sites. The greatest risks come from sites that dont require a prescription or physician consultation, or that market medications not approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

Many Web sites that sell prescription medications dont reveal where they are based or where their medications are manufactured.

Medications commonly sold on the Internet include Viagra, Propecia, Claritin and Celebrex. Many of these medications are not covered by insurance plans because they are so-called lifestyle drugs. Some sites exist only to sell specific medications.

You can take measures to reduce the risk of buying medications online. These include not buying from sites that offer to sell the drug without a physicians examination or a valid prescription, those that sell medications not approved by the FDA, or sites that do not include a U.S. location and address. You can verify that a site is duly licensed by going to the Boards of Pharmacy site at

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.