Real Online Pharmacy Victims: Susan’s Story

Real Online Pharmacy Victims: Susan’s Story


This story is based on a real online-pharmacy victim and examples from FDA investigations, however, the name and images are fictional. Susan, a 25-year-old teacher from Colorado, got an email advertising FDA-approved drugs for sale without a prescription. She had been having trouble sleeping, but hadn’t made time to talk to her doctor and she thought the email might offer a quick solution. The Web site offered many prescription drugs for sale at cheap prices. Susan placed an order for sleeping pills and looked forward to a better night’s sleep. Nearly a week later, Susan received sleeping pills in the mail. The pills were in an orange bottle, like you get at the local pharmacy, but without any label, instructions, or dosage information. That night, Susan took one pill before bedtime, looking forward to starting the next day fully rested. But, by the time she woke up in the morning, her face felt numb, she was experiencing muscle spasms, and she had trouble breathing. Her husband rushed her to the closest hospital emergency room. It turned out that the medicine Susan received contained the wrong active ingredient. Instead of getting a medicine to help with sleep, she had received a medicine that is used to treat schizophrenia, a serious mental disorder. Don’t make the same mistake as Susan. Visit www.fda.gov/besaferx To learn how to buy your medicine safely online. [ Click ]

Danny Hutson

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