MCALLEN, Texas – The Food and Drug Administration is cracking down on more and more companies selling unapproved or misbranded drugs. This week alone over a dozen companies were tackled. In the last month, experts have seen online fake medication sales skyrocket.
“If you’re buying something that’s a lot cheaper from a local pharmacy, it’s too good to be true, something is not right,” said Jesus Saenz, Pharmacist at Saenz Pharmacy in McAllen.
The majority of drugs being sold online do not contain any medication or are mislabeled medicine used to treat other sicknesses, said Saenz.
“All medications have side effects. If you are taking something that is not under supervision of a doctor and you buy it online, then you add it to your other medications that you’re taking. There may be a drug interaction. Whereas, if you stick to one pharmacy they already have your profile medications,” he added.
Pharmacists said all legitimate medicine has a number or letter on the capsule. They also suggest you take a look at the packaging and check expiration dates and ingredients.
A legitimate online pharmacy should have a seal reading “VIPPS” known as Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Site. This gives you assurance the pharmacy is approved by a federal agency, Saenz said.