You may have seen the rather shocking advert from Pfizer in late 2009 highlighting the dangers of counterfeit prescription medicines being sold online without a prescription. The claim is that 50%-90% of medicines sold without a prescription, or through unregulated websites are counterfeit and some of the contents of counterfeit drugs have contained rat poison.
Dr Fox is one of the few organisations licensed to issue prescriptions online for medications in the UK.
The description from Pfizer’s Youtube Channel read:
This is an advert from Pfizer in response to research which found that more than one in seven British adults (15%) has admitted to bypassing the healthcare system to get hold of prescription only medicine without a prescription, a practice which 78% of doctors say is putting peoples health and potentially lives at risk as some of the medicines obtained in this way may be counterfeit. These statistics from recent UK surveys show that more and more people are putting themselves in danger from buying fake pills – it is estimated that between 50 to 90 per cent of medicines sold without a prescription, or through unregulated websites are counterfeit. People buy medicines in this way because they think they are getting cheaper drugs, faster delivery, a better choice in fact they are taking a real gamble with their health. Counterfeit medicines can be dangerous. Fake pills could make you very ill.
You can view an archived version of the video below: