Warning over internet painkillers (BBC News)

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Warning over internet painkillers

By Emma Wilkinson
Health reporter, BBC News


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UK experts have warned of the dangers of purchasing drugs online after a study showed wide availability of strong painkillers over the internet.

A team at Edinburgh University found 35 websites selling prescription-only pain drugs to UK customers without requiring a prescription.

Government regulators warned that buying medicines online could have "deadly" consequences.

The results appear in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.

By trawling for online pharmacy sites through Google and Yahoo search engines, the researchers found almost 100 selling medicines to UK consumers.

Almost half of those sold prescription-only painkillers but 76% did not require the customer to provide a valid prescription.

Six asked for a prescription but accepted a fax or email copy which the researchers said could be forged or modified.

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Full article at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7764971.stm


 

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