I had my favorite Kentucky radio station on, and I heard a news teaser about “counterfeit medicine.” I must have been out of the room when the news came on, because I never heard the actual information. What is counterfeit medicine?

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Counterfeit medicine is medicine that

  • is contaminated;
  • contains the wrong ingredients;
  • has no active ingredient; or
  • contains the wrong dose of the active ingredient.

It is illegal to sell counterfeit medicine. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advises consumers to be careful when purchasing medications from online pharmacies. Here are some recommendations from the FDA on how to ensure that you’re dealing with a reputable online pharmacy. The website

  • is located in the United States;
  • is licensed by the board of pharmacy for the state in which it is located;
  • has a licensed pharmacist on board to talk to consumers and answer their questions;
  • requires prescriptions (for all prescription medications) issued by a health care professional who is licensed to prescribe medications;
  • has contact information for someone who is available to speak to consumers; and
  • displays a VIPPS® Seal, which is the Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites® Seal issued by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). This seal indicates that the online pharmacy meets state licensing and NABP requirements.

Counterfeit medicines can ruin your health. If you are suffering because of a medication that you believe to be counterfeit, contact the Louisville medication error lawyers at Gray and White Law. Call us at 502-210-8942 or toll free at 888-450-4456 to set up a FREE, no-obligation consultation.