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Buyers of Foreign Meds, Beware

Federal government wants you to know risks when buying medicines from other countries

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 13, 2002 (HealthDayNews) -- If you buy medicines from other countries, you should be aware of some potential risks.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has an online brochure for consumers that explains the concerns the FDA has about Americans going to other countries to buy medications or ordering them from foreign countries via the Internet.

Those concerns include poor quality assurance, counterfeit versions of medicines, risks of unsupervised use of these medicines, labeling in different languages, the presence of untested substances, and lack of information about the medicines that would help in case of side effects.

More information

Here's where to go to find the FDA Web site.

SOURCE: U.S. Food and Drug Administration, news release, October 2002
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