Pennsylvania – With more people shopping online for just about everything, consider this before you start buying your prescription medications from an online source. The demand for convenience and lower prices has led to a surge of counterfeit medications.

Dr. Sharon Orrange, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at USC says the drugs sold by these companies contain dangerous substances.

There are 35 thousand online pharmacies, but the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies say 96 percent are illegal.

If you’re filling a prescription, your best bet is to visit a pharmacist in person.

Not only will a good local pharmacist ensure that your prescriptions aren’t counterfeit, but they can also answer confusing questions about your insurance and double check that nothing else that you’re doing will interact badly with your prescriptions.

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