With Thanksgiving celebrations coming to an end, it can mean only one thing for Americans—Black Friday, or for more digital-friendly shoppers like me, Cyber Monday. This growing American tradition can deliver consumers some fantastic online bargains, but a word of warning: some deals are just too good to be true.
In fact, when it comes to buying medicines online, recent estimates show that 97% of Internet pharmacies operate outside of U.S. law. These sites, often run by sophisticated criminal networks, lure customers by promising low prices for vital medications. Unfortunately, the bargain isn’t always what it appears. These rogue online pharmacies have led to a growing number of instances of counterfeit medicines ending up in the hands of patients.
These potentially dangerous medications sometimes lack the active ingredient or even contain toxic ingredients. Education can provide a critical line of defensive against counterfeit medicines. Check out and share our infographic on online counterfeiting to help stay safe when purchasing medications on the web:
If you have any further questions about how public policy can help ensure the safety of your medicines, please leave a comment below or send us a tweet @LillyPad. Until then, happy shopping this Cyber Monday!