Prescription Drug Scams
The Internet makes purchasing prescriptions easy and convenient. Deals and discounts are advertised, which makes online shopping very appealing.
The La Mirada Public Safety Team is warning residents to be aware of Internet retailers and criminals who take advantage of unsuspecting consumers by promising benefits and cures for medical conditions that have not been scientifically tested or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.
“With some online prescription orders, money is paid for a product, but the item is never delivered,” says Public Safety Specialist Jennifer Anderson. “In other instances, counterfeit drugs that can potentially present serious and possibly life-threatening risks are delivered in place of the purchased prescription.”
Public Safety Specialist Anderson offers the following tips to prevent prescription drug scams:
- Discuss online prescription plans with your physician.
- Be wary of any website that offers a prescription by simply completing an online questionnaire.
- Purchase prescriptions from online pharmacies approved by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) or contact the NABP on its website at nabp.pharmacy/about/contact/.
- If you send money and don’t receive a prescription in return, contact the La Mirada Community Sheriff’s Station at (562) 902-2960.