A common question from patients is regarding the purchase of "cheap" prescription medication (especially generics) from so-called "Canadian," or other overseas webistes.
It has been well-established that buying prescription medications over the internet is fraught with problems. For example, “generic” overseas finasteride pills are not FDA-approved. Federal law prohibits importing drugs that are not FDA-approved, regardless of whether there’s a foreign or domestic prescription. U.S. Customs officials may seize and destroy all non-approved drugs. The FDA has issued warnings regarding counterfeit and/or illegally-diverted medications from bogus websites that ‘appear’ legitimate. Most often, the problem with web-based pharmacies (if the medication is actually real) is that the potency, quality, storage of the drugs is drastically inferior to US standards. Here are just a few of the places for more info on this common issue…
Probably the main concern I have as a physician is that patients may have difficulty evaluating the benefits of the medication if they are not being properly tracked and examined in a medical setting.