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FDA Unit Pursues Illegal Web Pharmacies
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Jan 15, 2014 - 12:27:14 PM

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - FDA's Cybercrimes Investigations Unit is working with other domestic and international agencies to track down the operators and suppliers of web sites that illegally sell prescription medicines. The agents' methods include high-tech detection in which they follow the cyber-trail of these pharmacies, and undercover work.

Medicines offered by these sites are often stolen or counterfeit. An unsuspecting consumer may be buying a medicine that does not have the active ingredient that will make it effective, or it may have undisclosed ingredients that could endanger their health or even be life-threatening.

Read this Consumer Update to learn more about the Cybercrimes Investigations Unit's work to shut down rogue pharmacy websites.

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