AACP joins national pharmacy organizations to release a statement on fighting fake medicines with patient education.
For Immediate Release
Contact: Maureen Thielemans, 703-408-6140
On Dec. 4, 2023, AACP joined the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy and four other national pharmacy organizations to release a statement, "Fighting Fake Medicines Sold Online Requires Commitment to Cautioning Patients."
The full text of the joint statement can be found below.
Fighting Fake Medicines Sold Online Requires Commitment to Cautioning Patients
Falsified and substandard medicine harms patients, potentially causing disease progression, adverse events, and even death. When patients buy medicine from an illegal online pharmacy, these negative outcomes are definite possibilities.
In today’s post-pandemic era, when consumers shop online for everything including medicine, it is critical for patients to understand the risks associated with illegal online pharmacies. Buying prescription medicine online or through social media may seem cheap and easy, but it can put patients at risk. For this reason, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) and the undersigned organizations are calling on health care providers to educate their patients about buying medicine safely.