My medicine seems much cheaper online. The website says that it can do this because the pills come from India. Why can't my pharmacy offer that as well?
The chances are that the "Indian" medicine is not licensed for use in your country. In Europe, medicines are strictly licensed and regulated, to protect you and your health. You know how it is produced, stored and dispensed. Stay safe!
I pay for my medicine and bulk-buying seems like a great deal! Is it?
In Europe, it is illegal to offer bulk discounts on prescription medicines. If your online "pharmacy" is breaking that law, the chances are it won't stop there. Check our advice on how to stay safe online.
I am afraid to go to the doctor because I don't think he would prescribe the medicine that I think I need. Why shouldn't I just go online, it's so discreet?
Obviously we can't know what your medical condition is but you should be aware that many quite serious illnesses can go undiagnosed (and therefore untreated) if you self-medicate to treat just the symptoms. For example, erectile problems are known to be an early indicator of cardiovascular disease and Diabetes. Your doctor is the person best placed to advise and, together with you, decide on the best treatment for you. The last thing you need to be is afraid.
Welcome to the new ASOP EU website
ASOP EU is a loose coalition of patient groups, companies, organisations and individuals, united in the campaign to make the internet a safer place to obtain medicines (where it is legal to do so).
Within these pages, we hope that you will find everything that you need to help you stay safe online. If you have any questions that aren't answered here, you can ask our experts using the link above.
Falsified Medicine is a scary subject. It unites the otherwise polarised worlds of organised crime and healthcare. However, it can also pose everyday challenges. Why not click "Spotting a Fake" above, to find out just how good a detective you would make?
From all of us at ASOP EU, we hope you enjoy navigating through the website.
Stay safe online!
News from ASOP EU
29 Jul 2013
The International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers have just released a new educational video. Entitled "Watch out for false friends", this video stars a genuine pill who explains the danger of fake medicines and their impact on our societies. This highlights the fact that patients, nurses, doctors, pharmacists, carers, regulators, and policy makers need to be on the lookout, and everybody needs to better understand the danger of fake medicines and how to stay safe. There are two versions available a long version of 3 minutes 30 secs (click here) and a shorter version of 1 minute 40 seconds (click here).
25 Jun 2013
Falsified medicines — costing the earth. Hosted by MEP Bill Newton Dunn this round table discussion attracted a wide ranging audience with attendance from the institutions as well as the commercial sector all of whom have an interest in creating an environmant that enables patients to buy their medicines online safely.
22 Apr 2013
A recent ASOP EU report reveals that sales generated in Europe by criminals who make fake/falsified medicines is shockingly in excess of €1.4bn per year.
The basis of this analysis was a fake pharmacy website (http://www.medizin-direkt.com/) which attracted, in a 9 week period, over 182,000 unique visitors who received useful messages about the dangers of buying medicines online from illegitimate pharmacy websites. The report also contains a comprehensive overview of of the cost of fake medicines both from a global and a European perspective. Click here for full report.