A new website from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that many online pharmacies provide legitimate prescription services but that some questionable sites may make purchasing medicines online risky.

On its website dedicated to this topic, the FDA highlights some of the problems associated with purchasing prescriptions online. These include sub-standard products; little or no quality control; possibility of an incorrect diagnosis by sites that inappropriately diagnose and prescribe online; obtaining inappropriate medicine; and lack of assurance of confidentiality and security issues.

The site is linked to another FDA site, which contains additional information about buying drugs online.

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