Buying Pharmaceuticals Online Could Be Deadly   1 comment

Are you contemplating purchasing Erectile Dysfunction (ED) drugs online? You may want to think again.

A recent study shows that counterfeit pharmaceuticals purchased online are often synthesized in unregulated, dirty environments. An analysis of such ED drugs purchased online contained a laundry list of contaminants, including PCBs, mercury, lead and arsenic. According to,

Researchers purchased 19 lots of Viagra and Cialis (tadalafil, Lilly) online and in illicit retail settings. Only one of the 19 samples contained the correct amount of the labeled active ingredient, while 58% contained up to 2.4 times the labeled dose and 37% had no active ingredient at all. A total of 10 unapproved erectogenic materials were identified in the samples, and 26% were contaminated with heavy metals and other toxins.

Dr. Min said the results were not unexpected. The World Health Organization estimates that more than half of drug products sold online are counterfeit, compared to 1% to 4% of prescription drugs sold through licensed pharmacies in developed countries. With the exception of drugs in developed markets such as Japan and Korea, more than 30% of the drug supply in Africa and Asia is counterfeit. Most illicit drugs sold online in the Asia-Pacific region are made in China, Dr. Min said, while online counterfeits destined for Europe and the United States tend to be made in India or the Middle East.

“Anything you buy from the Internet could be counterfeit,” Dr. Min said. “You just can’t know your source when you buy online.”


Posted October 10, 2010 by lymphomactivist in Uncategorized

One response to “Buying Pharmaceuticals Online Could Be Deadly

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  1. So you can’t buy them online, and you can’t buy them in American drug stores unless you’re willing to pay an arm and a leg for our overpriced prescriptions… Have they released any data on the dangers of buying pharmaceuticals in Mexico or Canada? Is that our last hope?

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