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Internet drug concern

17th August 2006

17082006_internetdrugs1.jpgUK doctors warn that medicines bought over the internet could be unwittingly putting health at risk.

Writing in the Lancet researchers said that some drugs are fake and contain ingredients bearing little resemblance to the medicine named on the bottle. There may also be a risk of unchecked side effects and dangerous interactions.

After a case of a woman who damaged her vision with oral steroids bought online from Thailand doctors in Sunderland doctors did their own research of internet drugs.  They concluded that   "The expansion of the internet is relentless and, from the perspective of patients seeking information, in the main positive." They added "However, the online availability of controlled and uncontrolled drug therapies needs to be carefully monitored."

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said that tackling the illegal sale and supply of medicines over the internet is a priority.

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