On December 17, 2020, US Customs and Border Control agents seized 1 million counterfeit Viagra pills imported from China. Counterfeit medications are a serious problem for consumers.
The World Health organizations estimates that 50-80% of the erectile dysfunction medications sold online are counterfeit. According to the FDA, 97% of online pharmacies reviewed by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy are not in compliance with U.S. pharmacy laws and practice standards.
To avoid the risk of counterfeit drugs, get a doctor’s prescription and purchase the medication from a licensed pharmacy.
If You Purchase Online:
- Check for logos indicating accreditation by LegitScript, Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites (VIPPS), Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC), or URAC. Click the logos to make sure they are actually linked to accreditation, and not just copied and pasted on a fraudulent website.
- Check official government registries to see in the pharmacy is listed.
- Avoid pharmacies that do not require a prescription – they are operating illegally, and are very likely to be selling counterfeits!
- Check the website to be sure they list an actual street address somewhere on the website.
- Do not order from pharmacies outside of your own country. Pharmacies that ship across international borders know that you have very little legal recourse if you have problems.
- Do not deal with pharmacies if their prices seem too good to be true.
- Do not deal with pharmacies that do not have a licensed pharmacist available to answer your questions, either by phone or online.