eBay medicines ‘a risk to child health’ – Study warns of danger from drugs bought on net

A paediatrician is warning that “net literate” parents are putting their children at risk by buying drugs on the web.Dr Nadeem Afzal, a consultant paediatric gastroenterologist, carried out an investigation of medicines for sale on eBay for common gut complaints such as constipation, diarrhoea, colic and abdominal pain. He found that 53% of the 186 gastrointestinal drugs on offer were advertised for children. One of these, Infacol for colic, was being sold with a broken seal and the description “slightly used”.

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