A recent study has found that General Practitioners (GPs)in the United Kingdom reported treating 1 in 4 patients for side effects from medications ordered online. The side effects ranged from allergic reactions to ill-effects of counterfeit medications. Says Telegraph.co.uk:
The findings prompted warnings from GPs, regulators and pharmacists that patients should be careful about buying drugs online, highlighting the prevalence of fake medication.
The study focused on practitioners in the UK, which leads us to wonder if the findings would be similar here in the US. In any case, the study speaks to the need for caution in confirming that Internet pharmacies meet baseline criteria for legality and safety.