Warning about H1N1 medicine on the web

October 16, 2009 3:51:33 PM PDT
More than ever before, people are turning to the internet to buy medication. Fears over swine flu are driving people to stockpile drugs like Tamiflu.

Congressman Steve Israel pointed to web sites that are engaging in a dangerous con game with the public, selling counterfeit prescriptions to the most vulnerable people -- the sick and the needy.

"They're not only ripping people off?internet significant harm," he said.

Israel is urging Congress to act on legislation that would crack down on these bogus online drug companies. It would expand the Food and Drug Administration's authority to target counterfeiters.

In fact, doctors warn the drugs could be too strong or too weak, missing key ingredients and they're often made with dangerous ingredients or they're contaminated.

If you are going to buy online, look for Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites also known as VIPPS.


NEW YORK SWINE FLU RESOURCE GUIDE

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

From New York City Health Department

Facts about flu
http://www.nyc.gov/flu

From Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

General information about swine flu
www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu

Swine Flu Case Definitions
http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/casedef_swineflu.htm

Swine Flu Infection Control and Patient Care
http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/guidelines_infection_control.htm

Preventing the Flu
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/habits.htm

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