Fake medicines and medical devices bought online can lead to serious negative health consequences.
Buying from dodgy websites also increases the risk of being ripped off through credit card fraud or having your identity stolen.
The #FakeMeds campaign, run by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, helps you protect your health and money by providing quick and easy tools so you can avoid fake medical products when you shop online.
Follow our top tips to help you stay safe when purchasing medicines or medical products online.
Beware of dodgy websites
Poor design, pop-ups spelling and grammar errors are all signs of dodgy websites.
Check the expiry date
Medicines that have passed their expiry date or don’t have one won’t provide reliable results.
Make sure you are buying from a registered pharmacy or website.
You can check if a website can legally sell medicines online here.
Bad packaging, bad product
Medicines with a homemade appearance or ones that are open or damaged should be avoided.
Avoid Suspicious URLs
Check the URL - legitimate websites will not use product names as their domain names.
Too good to be true
Claims like ‘100% safe, no side effects’ or ‘quick results’, are often warning signs. Cut prices and speedy deliveries can expose you to fake medicines, identity theft and fraud.
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STI testing kits
STI self-testing kits can give unreliable or even false results and pose a risk to public health. Our top tips and resources can help you spot a fake and stay safe when buying STI self-testing kits online.
It’s important to remember that no STI self-testing kit is 100% reliable and should never replace a health professional’s advice. Before buying a self-test kit, it’s always best to talk to a health professional.
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