(Vocus) November 23, 2010
One of the largest online pharmacies in Canada, NorthWestPharmacy.com has issued a warning to consumers about buying from various unaccredited “Canadian pharmacies” due to the high risk of receiving counterfeit drugs online. Of particular concern are websites that purportedly offer Canada’s drugs from a Canadian pharmacy without a prescription to Americans.
“No legitimate Canadian online pharmacy will let you buy Canadian prescription drugs without a prescription and many of them have been found to sell counterfeit drugs online,” says Ankur Arora, a lawyer who inspects licensed international pharmacies for NorthWestPharmacy.com.
“I’ve seen lots of excellent pharmacies and I’ve seen some really terrible ones,” says Arora. Based on his experience, NorthWestPharmacy.com implements strict review procedures for every international pharmacy it works with which includes on-site checks by a lawyer for such things as proper licensure, pedigree and chain of custody, appropriate dispensing practices and even the reputation of the owners of the pharmacy. Arora says another key factor is that “NorthWestPharmacy.com conducts random chemical testing of its own drug supply through an FDA-approved lab which is further bolstered by chemical testing through mystery shopping by the Canadian International Pharmacy Association of which NorthWestPharmacy.com is a certified member.” NorthWestPharmacy.com has never found a counterfeit in its supply chain to date, prompting Mr. Arora to pat himself on the back. “I must be doing a good job at weeding out the bad guys then.”
NorthWestPharmacy.com recommends that consumers only buy from genuine Canadian pharmacy websites which offer both low cost and safe international and Canadian drugs online. The site should bear the Canadian International Pharmacy Association dynamic seal and consumers must ensure the seal lands on the CIPA.com website when clicked because some fake online Canadian pharmacies have been posting a phony seal to dupe the public. Only buy Canada’s drugs online from a Canadian pharmacy website which is also buySAFE, TRUSTe and Pharmacy Checker approved.
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