New Study: 75 Percent of Cancer Medicine Purchased Online in China is Fake

New Study: 75 Percent of Cancer Medicine Purchased Online in China is Fake

05.22.14 | By Scott LaGanga

China’s Food and Drug Administration recently issued a warning to patients that it cannot guarantee the safety, authenticity and efficacy of cancer medicines purchased online. The new warning was issued after a study by drug regulators in Shenzhen found that 75 percent of foreign cancer medicines purchased online were found to be counterfeit or ineffective.

This underscores the fact that, just as in the United States and everywhere else in the world, purchasing prescription drugs from unapproved or unlicensed sources can be extremely dangerous to patient health. When patients go outside the secure drug supply chain to buy medicine from foreign sources, the bottom line is that they just don’t know what they’re getting.

China is rightly deeply concerned about this new study’s findings and is acting accordingly to protect its citizens. And although we believe the magnitude of counterfeit medicines entering the United States is likely far lower than the China study, there have been many recent instances, like the fake Avastin cases, that highlight the need for American patients to be vigilant. Counterfeit drug trafficking is a global, multibillion dollar business, which is why it’s so important that consumers only purchase their medicines online through U.S.-based, VIPPS-approved pharmacies. That’s the only way to guarantee the medicines you are buying are approved by the FDA and have been sourced from within our supply chain, the safest in the world.

U.S. patients looking for bargains on prescription drugs also have several options available to them. Many can qualify for deeply discounted medicines by using services provided by the Partnership for Prescription Assistance or NeedyMeds, and others can find significant savings by comparison shopping on the various VIPPS-approved online pharmacies.

The most recent warning issued by China’s FDA only serves to strengthen the argument that counterfeit medicines pose a global health risk. If the criminal empires behind these schemes can stoop so low as to sell fake treatments for cancer and other life-threatening diseases, the best and only way for consumers to protect themselves is to never purchase medicines from non-approved online pharmacies.

 

 

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