Thursday, November 6, 2008

Health and pharmacists warn of the risk of purchasing medicines over the Internet

Some studies indicate that three out of five drugs that are purchased on the Web are false The Ministry of Health and the General Council of Official Colleges of Pharmacists yesterday signed an agreement to collaborate in the fight against the illegal sale of drugs over the Internet. The convention's main objective is public awareness of the risks to their health may involve the purchase of prescription drugs outside the pharmacy channel. "This is due to the close relationship between the Internet and the marketing of counterfeit drugs," warns the ministry. A study conducted this year by the European Alliance for Access to Medicines Insurance shows that there is a very high probability that in five drugs that are purchased on the Web, three are false or do not meet the minimum quality standards. To cope with this situation, the agreement provides for various measures to be undertaken with the cooperation of the nearly 21,000 pharmacy offices in Spain. Among these is a campaign to inform citizens of risks of buying drugs over the Internet. Also, pharmacists will be trained in the detection of counterfeit drugs and develop procedures to ensure the legality of the pharmaceutical suppliers. Health says that in Spain there has been no detected cases of counterfeit drugs in the pharmaceutical channel "thanks to the effectiveness of legislation and control measures in all the steps in the legal chain of manufacturing, distribution and dispensing." To increase security assurances, the department that runs Bernat Soria is working on creating an office to monitor the online sale of drugs. His role will be to do a comprehensive follow-up messages and risky situations that occur in relation to the distribution of drugs on the Web.

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