BBB Issues Caution About Online Pharmacies

6:43 PM, Apr 2, 2013   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WTLX) - While it seems most of our world is moving online, there may be some merit to keeping your prescription fills face to face.

"Occasionally we do have people come in and normally they're concerned about the cost of their medication.  So, they want to consider using like an online resource or an online pharmacy to get their medications," said Greg Price, a pharmacist at Long's Drugs in Columbia. 

"Unfortunately, when you use online pharmacies, you don't know what you're getting," said Price.

The Better Business Bureau in Columbia issued a warning for consumers about the dangers of filling prescriptions through an online pharmacy.

"A lot of these online pharmacies are scams," said Chris Hadley with the BBB.  "If you're going to purchase pharmaceuticals online, you need to make sure you're using a licensed pharmacy."

Hadley advises looking for an advertised certification but remember, the certification might not be from the FDA because many online pharmacies operate outside the US.

If you can't find a seal of approval online, it's a red flag.

Other red flags include not needing to submit a prescription and emails from the online store showing up in your spam folder.

"Sure you might be paying a tenth of the price but you have no idea what you're getting," said Price. "There's no regulation. You have no idea if that company is legit or not." 









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