Saturday, November 20, 2010

Veterinarians Warn of Fake Online Medications

The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) has warned medications purchased over the internet could be counterfeited drugs.

According to a report by ABC News, the AVA believes the trade in internet drugs for animals is growing as farmers try to contain costs:

• AVA president Dr Barry Smyth says livestock producers need to be particularly careful with what they buy.

• "We know that somewhere between 5 and 10 per cent of these products are counterfeit and not what they're supposed to be so there's a real danger you may not be getting what you're paying for," he said.

• "For people in the livestock industries they need to be very careful what they treat their animals with, because of residues in animal products."

The danger of fraudulent, adulterated, sub-standard and counterfeit drugs are everywhere but seem to proliferated online via the internet.

All pharmaceutical supply chain experts agree, never purchase pharmaceuticals online via sources that are not directly connected to an actual, legitimate pharmacy and/or does not require a physician or in this case veterinarian’s prescription.

To read the ABC News story, visit:

To learn more about anti-counterfeit technologies for pharmaceuticals, visit:

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