The risk of buying medication online
Tyler, TX — The price of medication can be very expensive. Some people feel it's easier to buy meds from online pharmacies from out of the country because it's cheaper, but the lower prices could be riskier.
"I would consider it but I haven't done it yet," says Jack Wendle of Holly Ranch
The Consumer Reports says, last year almost 5-million Americans say they've ordered medication online from Canada.
"They are so much cheaper when you're retired you need to look at saving money wherever you can," says Wendle.
We're told medications bought in other countries are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.
"You're definitely taking a risk by buying medication that are not FDA approved, when you but medications from your pharmacy... medication had a pedigree with it," says Brad Martin, Pharmacist at Kinsey Pharmacy in Tyler.
Martin says, the FDA tracks the manufacturer to the wholesaler to the pharmacy, so they know where the drug had been the whole time.
People are not only buying their medication from Canada, but other countries as well.
"I would be a little questionable, the AMA puts out a lot of information saying these are not safe probably from Europe I wouldn't, from Canada most like I would... from Mexico I probably would as well," says Wendle.
Sherri Davis from Hawkins tell KETK, she wouldn't but her medication online because she prefers to speak to the person and company she is dealing with.
The Consumer Reports poll states, only three percent of the online pharmacies which they looked into were legitimate.
"If you're buying it from the internet or overseas you really have no idea what you're getting," say Martin.