Beware of Purchasing Medications over the Internet

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Internet buyer beware, purchasing medications over the internet could be dangerous.

FOX's Alex Hein explains in this "Housecall for Health":

This is Housecall for Health.

It may seem like a no-brainer, but desperate times can lead to desperate measures, which means some may turn to online vendors to purchase medications to avoid paying a pricey pharmacy fee, but this practice has some experts worried.

The care quality commission in the U.K. inspected 11 internet prescription services and found widespread failings among the providers. They say that while some of these shortcuts were indeed well run, others cut corners that could potentially present a significant risk to patients.

Some of the websites were found to prescribe unlicensed medicines, while others were sending wrong medicines for described conditions. In many instances patients can go online and self diagnose to order their own medicine with minimal security check points.

Regulators are now trying to install a set of standards to protect consumers and keep them safe. These include seeking permission to contact the patients doctor, and obtaining a comprehensive medical history.

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Housecall for Health, I'm Alex Hein, FOX News.

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