FDA has new consumer website about ordering drugs on line.
At the University of Maryland, Baltimore, (UMB) we have a number of seasoned experts on the topic of on-line pharmacies, risks and benefits.
Here is the FDA’s “BeSafeRx” site: http://tinyurl.com/c45rotx
Consumers are just “rolling the dice” when going to an Internet pharmacy that is not well known, says Frank Palumbo, PhD, JD, executive director of the Center on Drugs and Public Policy, and professor in the UMB School of Pharmacy http://www.pharmacy.umaryland.edu/ .
He says some on-line pharmacies are safe and reliable as long as they are certified by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. Look for the NABP. Another tip is to track the site to its origin to see if it is a U.S. pharmacy; not a guarantee that it is safe, but another clue. Many fraudulent on-line pharmacies look perfectly legit. They could be bring in drugs from offshore then selling in this country. There are many ways to fool the consumer, Palumbo says. They could be counterfeit drugs. Maybe they are not drugs at all.
The CDPP http://www.pharmacy.umaryland.edu/centers/cdpp/index.html at the School of Pharmacy works closely with UMB’s Francis King Carey School of Law. Palumbo teaching the Food and Drug Law course at that professional school as well as teaching at the SOP, a top-tier professonal pharmacy school.
Here is contact information:
1, Frank Palumbo PHSR Department Saratoga Street Garage, Room 12TH FLR Faculty Profile, Web Sitefpalumbo@rx.umaryland.edu410-706-2303410-706-5394Research interests: FDA and Regulatory Issues, Managed Care Pharmacy, Health Care Policy and Reform, Online Pharmacies, Counterfeiting and Importation, Drug Use, International Issues, Pharmacy Law
2. C. Daniel Mullins PHSR Department Saratoga Street Garage, Room 12TH FLR Faculty Profile, Web Sitedmullins@rx.umaryland.edu410-706-0879410-706-5394Research interests: Comparative Effectiveness, Drug Policy, Oncology, Pharmacoeconomics
3. Robert Beardsley PHSR Department Saratoga Street Garage, Room 01-232 Faculty Profile, Web Siterbeardsl@rx.umaryland.edu410-706-7587410-706-5394Research interests: Clinical Outcomes, MTM and Practice-Based Research, Drug Policy, Education, Curriculum and IT Research, Pharmaceutical Health Services, Pharmaceutical Outcomes
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