The advertisement reads: “We live outside your country but we can direct you to a specialised centre that is licensed by us when using our medical tablets or capsules. Due to our increasing number of customers, we can only follow up your case through our e-follow up system.”
The practice of buying and selling on the internet without knowing the identity of both,buyers or sellers.Unfortunately, such purchase operations also include medical and health products such as supplements and cosmetics.
Some of these products are not registered in the country or internationally, and are not supervised by theHealth departments.
Additionally, the companies or individuals promoting such products are normally outside the country and thus away from liability or legal prosecution.
Misleading ads have dangerous effects
Misleading advertisements and buying medical or health products through the internet, blogs or social media networking are dangerous because these products are not licensed. The components of these products, their safety or manufacturing standards are unknown.
The safety of these drugs is unguaranteed and ineffective and not compatible to the international drug standards which could lead to dangerous results, even death sometimes.
Research and studies reveal the dangers of buying drugs through the internet
International researches and studies have also stressed on the dangers of buying drugs online. The World Health Organisation reports that more than 90 per cent of traded drugs through the internet are fake; commercial fraud is not limited to bold treatment drugs or whitening and weight loss products only but also to coronary and heart, kidney failure and cancer drugs.
Drugs and pharmaceutical products that are taken without any medical prescription may have adverse effects on health and organ failure, too. Products promoted as natural or herbal have proved to comprise chemicals. Some are internationally prohibited, too.
Sellers do not carry any legal or moral responsibility since they are sold through the internet; competent authorities seldom reach these sellers who manage to run away with high amounts of money.