With the barrage of “fake news” about medicine all over the internet, it can be hard to know how to sift through the deluge of information to find the best sources for medication and effective cost saving services. CSIP, its members and partners want to help take the guesswork out the equation for consumers and others seeking safe, affordable prescription medication. On this page you will find resources clarifying medication safety, sourcing and ways you can find these medicines for low or reduced cost.
Drugs to fight cancer are often targets for counterfeiters due to their cost and need in life-saving medical treatments. The American Cancer Society has provided a number of important tips for those seeking medicines to fight cancer, or other ailments, online. Tips include how to purchase medicines online safely, how to properly identify legitimate online pharmacies, and how to avoid fraudulent websites.
With the rise in the number of people diagnosed with diabetes each year, there is increased concern over illegally sold products promising to prevent, treat, and cure diabetes. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has resources and videos to remind consumers of the importance of purchasing only FDA-approved medications from reputable online pharmacies. Learn about the concerns of fraudulent diabetes medications, see examples of illegally-sold products and the misleading claims listed on these products, and find tips for how to identify safe online pharmacies.
March is National Nutrition Month and a good time to be reminded that just as when you purchase prescription drugs online, it is important to exercise caution when buying vitamins, herbals, and other dietary supplements. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) provides information about dietary supplements for consumers including guidance on safety and risk of tainted products and how to be aware of scams and fraudulent health claims.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1 in 68 children has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). While there is no cure, there are medications designed to manage symptoms. The FDA provides guidance on how to avoid false claims and fake medications that proclaim to “treat or cure autism.” FDA has pursued legal action against companies that make these false claims; however, consumers need to seek guidance from a healthcare professional and be cautious when purchasing medications online.
In cooperation with the North Carolina Department of State and a growing coalition of other state supporters, SaveOnMyMeds.org provides a free drug pricing tool that helps people save money on medication at local pharmacies. You may download and print a savings card right from your computer. Additionally, our patient assistance program provides national information and money-saving coupons for assistance in paying for prescription medication.