Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Scams, Statistics and Safety - A Message to the Consumer

Statistics show that in 2006, online fraud accounted for 44.9% of complaints from consumers, making it the most reported form of fraud for that year. The same statistical report showed that non-delivered merchandise was part of another 19% of consumer complaints and that 70% of the fraud victims were scammed through online auctions and 30% through email scams.¹

There are several websites around that catalog and discuss online pharmacies. Generally, when there is an open forum for discussion, buyers are free to comment on their experiences with specific pharmacies in order to share their experience with other potential buyers. This is important due to the fact that there are an unfortunately large number of people who simply want to steal your money in whatever way they can. Some of the websites which catalog and discuss these pharmacies, as well as the legitimate ones, include Drug Buyers (.com) and Pharmacy Consumer Group (.com). There are others out there as well, which you can find with a little research, and trust me, the amount of time you spend reading about online pharmacies is well worth it. You will most likely end up less stressed and have more money in your pocket to boot.

¹ Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), http://www.ic3.gov/media/annualreport/2006_ic3report.pdf. 2009.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Offshore Pharmacy Sites - Who Can You Trust?

Offshore pharmacy sites seem to be popping up all over the internet these days. Many of them are "rogue pharmacies" or pharmacies that are there one day and gone the next. These rogue pharmacies often take orders for prescription drugs and deliver them for a short period of time, and when they feel that they have enough of a reputation and enough orders coming in, they will begin to stockpile money from their customers and offer excuses as to why their orders are not being received. After a period of stockpiling, they will often shut the business down altogether and run off with all of the money they have kept, leaving their customers high and dry.

Although these offshore pharmacy sites can sometimes be risky to deal with, it does not mean that all of them are bad by any means. There are sites such as DrugBuyers.com who run forums which inform people of the reliable, trustworthy pharmacies as well as the rogue ones. Based on reports from forum posters who have had bad experiences, certain pharmacies are added to a "blacklist." These blacklists act as a warning to future buyers and keep a record of pharmacies who have not delivered on orders or who have been untrustworthy in the past. These forum sites also serve to reassure potential buyers that there are certain pharmacies who have an established reputation and are a trustworthy option for people who want to make their purchases from companies who sell generic medications overseas.

My personal experience has been that with enough research and by reading up on the company you decide to buy from (google searches, forum posts, etc,) you can be pretty certain that the pharmacy you choose to go with will come through for you. Lately, the cheapest pharmacies to buy from are Indian ones. In the past, Canada and Mexico were the most inexpensive sources for generic medication, but the Indian pharmacy has now dominated the market with low-cost prescription drugs as well as a selection of these drugs to serve the needs of almost anyone with any problem.

Reference: Meds India, http://www.medsindialtd.com/. 2009.
Reference: DrugBuyers.com, http://www.drugbuyers.com/. 2009.