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Public warned against buying drugs online

A campaign has been launched in Switzerland to warn people of the dangers of buying medicines over the internet.

This content was published on October 25, 2011 - 13:23
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Swissmedic – the agency which authorises therapeutic products – has got together with pharmacists and the pharmaceutical industry to raise public awareness of the fact that many of these so-called medicines are counterfeit.

The organisers say the composition of many internet medicines does not correspond to what is written on the label. Medicines claiming to be exclusively plant-based usually contain chemicals, some of which are harmful.

Slimming products, a popular on-line purchase, are a major problem. An analysis of 122 samples published by Swissmedic last June showed that nearly 90 per cent of them were dangerous to health.

People who have bought drugs on-line are invited to take them to one of 760 pharmacists participating in the campaign and get them tested for free at any time up to November 5.

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