A friend just e-mailed me a
link to a site, ,
where anyone can purchase phentermine, a prescription weight loss drug, without
a prescription. Unfortunately sites that sell prescription drugs without
requesting a doctor's prescription are nothing new. On-line pharmacies have
been in practice for nearly a decade. As early as 2000, the FDA warned
consumers about "Rogue" Sites ().
These sites sell products illegally or sidestep established procedures that
The danger, of course, is
that these sites can compromise your health. Phentermine, for instance, is an
appetite suppressant that should only be prescribed by a physician for the
morbidly obese for a short period of time, as it could be habit forming.
Purchasing prescription medications such as phentermine, which is classified as
a controlled substance, is not only potentially harmful, it's also strictly against the law ().
For FDA's consumer guidance on purchasing
drugs online go to . This site also has a list of medical products
and services that consumers shouldn't be purchasing, such as fake cancer cures
and misrepresented drugs. If you want to order medicines online, the most
important advice is to use websites that bear the VIPPS (Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites)
seal, developed by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP).
Although, there are only
about 15 sites that bear the VIPPS seal (), there are potentially hundreds that don't. Therefore, when it comes to buying a
prescription drug online, proceed with caution.