Purchasing Viagra Off the Internet - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/17/04

Purchasing Viagra Off the Internet

Viagra is such a popular drug that crooked websites are cashing in on the demand by selling phony Viagra. So, this word of caution tonight from the Institute of Safe Medication Practices if you shop for that little blue pill over the Internet.

"It's like the wild, wild west, you just don't know what you're going to get," says Michael Cohen, with the Institute of Safe Medication Practices.

Investigators say they've found people making counterfeit Viagra in grubby garages and warehouses in Columbia and in out of the way places in China and there's no control over the ingredients. Cohen says they tested one batch that contained 400 times the recommended amount of the active ingredient in Viagra.

So, remember, if you shop on-line for drugs, look for the seal of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.

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