uk: Online drugs ‘put patients at risk’

Britons are increasingly at risk of being sold unsafe drugs over the internet because of the growth in unlicensed online pharmacies, a report suggests.Almost a fifth of all online pharmacies are based in Britain, and only a tiny fraction are certified by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the pharmacies’ regulator.Health industry officials said that the increasing popularity of the internet as a place to buy drugs meant that patients were putting themselves at risk because many sites did not require that they presented a prescription issued by a doctor.

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