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Frequently Asked Questions by Consumers on Purchasing Prescription Drugs Online:


Q: Is it safe to purchase prescription medications through channels such as Craigslist or other online marketplaces?

A: Board staff occasionally receive calls from the public from folks who have found prescription drug products or medical devices offered for sale on online marketplaces – and plainly offered for sale from someone who is not a pharmacist (or any other medical professional).  Recently, Board staff was alerted that those offers include insulin and diabetic testing supplies.  Board staff cannot emphasize strongly enough that patients should not purchase prescription drugs, medical devices, or medical supplies except from a licensed pharmacy or a device and medical equipment facility.  Prescription drugs offered through online marketplaces this way carry a significant risk of being counterfeit, expired, ineffective, and otherwise highly dangerous.  


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