Leading informational web site for America’s Seniors and Boomers, to launch campaign to identify bogus, unsafe mail order pharmacies
April 13, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Health NewsThe publisher of www.TodaysSeniorsNetwork.com, a leading informational web site for America’s Seniors and Boomers, says that his site will launch a new public service to identify bogus internet pharmacies that threaten the health of U.S. citizens.
“It is because of those rogue pharmacies that the ability and integrity of reputable licensed, registered mail order pharmacies is used by opponents of access to safe, affordable prescription medicines from outside the U.S. to confuse Americans,” says Daniel Hines, publisher of www.TodaysSeniorsNetwork.com.
The site will publish information about the bogus sites with the new section at www.TodaysSeniorsNetwork.com/Bogus_Pharmacy_Alert.htm . The first bogus pharmacies will be identified by March 10. But, site visitors don’t have to wait to help provide protection for their fellow citizens, boomers, friends and family members.
“These rouge pharmacies will be identified not only from information we are able to gather, but from our site visitors,” Hines said.
He says that a special response form will be developed for site visitors to send to www.TodaysSeniorsNetwork.com when they have received spam or some other solicitation from a bogus pharmacy.
“This is an important health care issue,” Hines says. “There can be no questioning the value of legitimate, licensed pharmacies in helping huge numbers of Americans to enjoy the health benefits provided by safe, affordable prescriptions.
“It is time to include citizen involvement in identifying the ‘bad guys’ to make sure that those legitimate pharmacies are able to carry forth with their beneficial work.”
“There are several ways that anyone wanting to know if the prescription medicines they order over the Internet are safe can do” Hines says.
“First, always look for a license and registration of the pharmacy with a governmental agency established to set standards for all pharmacies—not just mail order pharmacies. In the case of Canadian-based pharmacies, this will come from the provincial governing agency. The registration should be prominently displayed on the web site of the pharmacy.”
“Next, if the ‘pharmacy’ says it will offer medicines without a prescription, it is undoubtedly bogus and might even be selling counterfeit and unsafe medicines. No legitimate pharmacy will provide prescription medicines without a physician’s prescription.”
Hines says that the pharmacy should also provide a contact telephone number, and a legitimate address where it conducts business.
”This ensures that there is a legitimate operation, and if questions should arise, there is a process in place to answer them or resolve issues.”
One certain giveaway is the poor spelling, Hines says.
“Almost all of the pharmacies have repeated misspellings,” Hines notes.
Another way to identify reputable pharmacies is to identify their work with and association with advocacy groups who provide an ‘oversight’ of the pharmacy’s safety and efficacy.
”One outstanding example is the www.SafeSourceRx.com site, a product of a cooperative effort by the Congress of California Seniors with a premier mail order pharmacy,” Hines says. “This site reflects a long-standing commitment by CCS to provide safe prescription medicines at savings of 40 to 80 percent not just to its membership but to all U.S. citizens.
”This relationship can provide patient clients with the confidence—and the peace of mind— that the medicine they are purchasing is legitimate and safe.”