At any one time, there are approximately 36,000 active online pharmacies. Of those, more than 96% do not comply with applicable laws and pharmacy standards.

Counterfeit medicines sold by illegal online pharmacies often are manufactured in unsafe conditions; contain no active ingredients; and/or are made using dangerous and sometimes deadly substances including floor wax, mercury, concrete, road tar, paint thinner, anti-freeze and other poisons.

Buying prescription drugs from illegal pharmacy websites also endangers consumers’ financial information, putting them at increased risk of identity theft.

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