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FDA warns consumers of illegitimate online drug retailers




Many users of prescription drugs are unsure how to dispose of them safely. Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, and multiple sheriff stations throughout Los Angeles will contribute by acting as free drop-off sites for the remainder of the year.
Many users of prescription drugs are unsure how to dispose of them safely. Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, and multiple sheriff stations throughout Los Angeles will contribute by acting as free drop-off sites for the remainder of the year.
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Buying stuff online has become routine for many Americans. It's easy: No parking problems, no waiting in line, and it's usually cheaper, too.

But the FDA now says people looking online for cheaper and easier access to prescription drugs are likely being sold dangerous fakes.

The agency has issued a warning that many Internet pharmacies are unlicensed and unregulated, and they may be selling drugs that are contaminated, expired or inactive.

The FDA says that only 3 percent of online pharmacies follow state and federal laws. They've launched a campaign to help consumer identify legitimate online pharmacies, and spot illicit ones.

We're joined by Paul Doering (rhymes with boring), a professor of pharmacy at the University of Florida.

He recommends checking out the legitimacy of your pharmacy using this website.