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Buying medication in Canada


 - Buying medication in Canada

How does this apply to Canada?

In 2009, the RCMP uncovered a counterfeit drug ring that had been selling fake erectile dysfunction medication over the Internet. Health Canada has since issued guidelines concerning the dangers of buying pills online.
Here are some of the major things they say to watch out for:
-  If you want to purchase drugs online, do it through a legitimate website, linked to an actual, physical pharmacy. Several Canadian pharmacies have websites to make filling prescription easier. This may vary from province to province however, as pharmaceutical regulation is not under federal control. 
- Do not buy drugs that have not been prescribed to you by a doctor who has examined you in person.
-  Be aware of websites claiming to be Canadian, that ship drugs from outside sources that may be unsafe.
- Anyone who thinks snake oils and cure-all powders are a thing of the past is kidding themselves. Beware of anyone advertising “miracle cures.”
- Though it is extremely difficult for the average person to spot a counterfeit drug, there are some things you should look at when purchasing drugs online:

> Make sure there are no spelling mistakes on your labels.
> Check for a Drug Identification Number (DIN). Every medication approved for use in Canada is assigned a number to make problem drugs easier to trace.
>  Be wary of drugs that taste differently than they should.


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