Buying prescription drugs on the internet: Promises and pitfalls
Alan M. Weiss, MD, MBA
Department of General Internal Medicine, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Address: Alan M. Weiss, MD, MBA, Department of General Internal Medicine, A91, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44195
ABSTRACTPatients can save time and money by purchasing drugs from Internet pharmacies, but they can also end up with counterfeit or substandard medications. Online pharmacies bypass the safeguards of a doctor-patient relationship, creating a dangerous opportunity for prescription drug abuse and unchecked medication interactions and side effects.