“You have to wonder if government agencies have enough resources to manage this issue effectively,” he said.
In a statement to ABC News, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it does routine surveillance of drug sales on the Internet and has taken steps to educate consumers on the dangers of buying prescription drugs online. The statement added that large retail sites like Amazon and eBay have “often been effective in addressing the agency’s concerns.”
The FDA urges consumers who purchase their drugs over the Internet to stick with large, established sites that hold a license from the state board of pharmacy where they are operating. Sites should require a prescription from a doctor or another health care professional who is licensed to prescribe medicines, according to the agency. A pharmacist should also be available to respond to questions.
Dr. Jamie Zimmerman contributed to this story.