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Blog / FDA launches “witch hunt” against “legal” Internet P

Sunday, 11 November 2012 at 23:06

In fact, according to the FDA’s own statistics, 70% are confident in the safety of the medications they bought while saving money at the same time.

It’s a bit discouraging see how the FDA’s press release is posted, “The agency did a survey and found that about 1 in 4 consumers bought prescription drugs online. Nearly 30% said they were not confident about buying drugs safely on the Internet.” However, if 30% were not confident - then 70% were!

“On Friday, the agency launched "BeSafeRx: Know Your Online Pharmacy," a national campaign to raise awareness about fake Internet pharmacies and their potential risk to consumer health.” They claim that “Buying medicines from rogue online pharmacies can be risky because they may sell fake, expired, contaminated, not approved by FDA, or otherwise unsafe products that are dangerous to patients,” said FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg. Where is the evidence to support that statement?

Not Recommended - what kind of statement is this?

In July, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy analyzed more than 10,000 websites and found 97% were not in compliance with U.S. pharmacy laws and were listed as "Not Recommended." This is a predicament for the legal online pharmacies. There is a big distinction between “not recommended” and dishonest. And yet, the “witch hunt” is leading consumers to believe that the sites are illegal. The FDA knows they are not illegal. The NABP also knows this. So let’s find out who belongs to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.

Where will seniors on fixed incomes get their needed anti depressants at the online savings when the FDA closes down internet pharmacies? This is real class warfare. The government takes away cheaper health care from the lower classes while preserving the health care of the upper classes. Meanwhile the risks of suicidal thinking, hostility, impulsive behaviors, and other mental health emergencies are ignored.

Well, it turns out that the members of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy are owners or former owners of the largest “brick and mortar” drug store chains in the US. Their agenda is to protect their business interests from online competition. So the very agency reporting to the FDA that these online pharmacies are “not recommended” - is created by and run by those people who would lose money from online pharmacy competitors.

Below is an example:

The president of the California State Board Of Pharmacy, appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzeneggar is, Stanley C. Weisser Weisser’s business? Network Pharmaceuticals, Inc. It eventually grew into a chain of thirty pharmacies located in Southern California and Las Vegas. Stan retired in 2000 as CEO and president of NPI. One particular pharmacy distributed medication prescriptions to over 1,000 patients in recovery homes and over 8,000 inmates in prisons in San Bernardino and Riverside counties in California. Weisser was successful in establishing other pharmacies located in health care clinics.

“Fraudulent and illegal online pharmacies often offer deeply discounted products. If the low prices seem too good to be true, they probably are. FDA’s BeSafeRx campaign is designed to help patients learn how to avoid these risks.” There is very little probability that most clients (70%) would prefer to buy their drugs and pay more at their local brick and mortar pharmacy than save money online.

The organization (FDA) is forcing patients (through fear tactics) to only buy their antibiotics through internet drug stores that:

· are to be found in the United States - and yet the 97% deemed to be “Not Recommended” are in agreement with this instruction - “located in the US”.
· require a "authenticate" prescription from a physician/health care professional - all prescriptions are authenticate when prescribed by US Licensed doctors in accordance with the guidelines - these online pharmacies have doctors on premises at all times for consults 24/7.
· provide a certified pharmacist for discussion - again there are board-certified pharmacists available online 24/7 as part of most of the online pharmacy services - and required as per guidelines.
· are licensed by the patient's state board of pharmacy - if this was true, then you couldn’t get your prescription filled when you were in another state.

Again, 97% (FDA statistics) of the online pharmacies followed these protocols, they were just “not recommended” by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.

You be the judge. Is the FDA on a witch hunt to stop people from saving money on anti depressants?

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