Yes you are a stupid idiot indeed. In my home lingo, you are completely mesjokke. Meaning totally crazy, utterly clueless, and dangerously foolish as well. Yes you are.
Why? Let me tell you one more time.
Last week, the Office of Criminal Investigations of the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) participated in an international action against more than 9,600 websites that illegally sold potentially dangerous, unapproved prescription medicines or bogus medication.
Most of these sites got a first warning, but 1,677 clearly criminal pharmacies were shut down. The FDA people confiscated over $41 million worth of illegal medicines.
Many of the involved websites were part of an organized crime network. The sites showed fake licenses, fake certifications, faked brand names, and some tried to imitate real pharmacies (such as Walgreens) by using a very similar site design and an almost-identical online address.
Will this kind of FDA action help? These criminal sites are like rampant weeds in a garden. Pull them out, root and all, and they’ll grow back in no time.
Problem with those fake pharmacies is, it’s not just the box with the brand name that is fake. Sometimes, it’s the actual content as well.
Do you have a well-equipped chemical laboratory at home, to test your pills? So you can find out if those cheap bought-online capsules contain what they pretend to contain? No you don’t.
The problem of bogus pills with bogus ingredients is most acute in developing countries. There are countless examples. Recently, a research project by the University of Lagos in Nigeria showed that 85% of the anti-malaria drugs sold on markets were “impotent”. A field test in the big cities of Lagos and Ibadan showed that 40% of all drugs sold there contained “insufficient active ingredients”.
But do you really think this same kind of faking doesn’t exist when you buy pills from criminal make-believe-pharmacy websites? How can you be sure your almost-real Canadian Prozac capsules don’t contain plain aspirin? How can you be sure your cheap Lithium tablets are not made from ordinary kitchen salt?
Estimates vary, but 5% to 10% of all drugs sold in Europe and North America are thought to be fake – fake in the sense of not just a forged name on the box, but in the sense of not packaging the ingredients they are supposed to.
That percentage is an overall one (including all the authentic drugs bought from authentic pharmacies). So if you buy cheap stuff from bogus pharmacies, the chance may well be 20% or 30% that the pills themselves are not what they pretend to be.
If you happen to be dependent on medication, for example to avoid suicidal depression, then buying fake drugs can be deathly. Let me say that again. Deathly. You might end up having just a terrible time, but you might just as well end up committing suicide.
That’s the risk you take: this can be the consequence of your so-called “antidepressant” containing no true antidepressants at all. Don’t blame others. Blame yourself, if you’re still around, that is.
1. The main culprit is you. If you weren’t so stupid and foolish to buy imitation drugs in imitation boxes from imitation pharmacies, those swindler websites wouldn’t exist.
2. The second culprit are of course the swindlers, all those crooks who endanger other people’s lives by producing and selling those cheap imitation drugs.
3. But… the third culprit are the big pharmaceutical companies. Yes, I mean it. They make huge profits by monopolizing patented drugs, and sell them at inflated prices.
If these companies were truly socially responsible companies, they should be willing to accept less extreme profits on essential drugs. Then, many vital drugs could be sold much cheaper. In that case, consumers (patients) would have less reason to flock to dubious online shops.
When big pharma companies loudly complain about fake products being sold online, this is plainly hypocritical. For it is their own short-sighted profit model that created a market for cheap fake stuff in the first place.
Well, I guess I’ve ranted enough now. I can’t help it. This whole ongoing bogus-medication fraud keeps making me mad.
If you insist on getting your pills somewhere online instead of from a reliable real-word-pharmacy, here is a tip.
Copy the URL (web address) of the pill-peddler site where you landed, and paste it into the check form at the LegitScript site. They will tell you right away if your pill-peddler is an actual, trustworthy pharmacy site.
As I write this, the LegitScript database contains the addresses of 34,823 “pharmacy” sites. Of these 34,823 sites found online, only 277 (less than 1%) are proven to be legitimate. The status of about 4% is not yet clear. All the rest, 33,049 sites (over 95%) are proven to be illegitimate. That vast majority can therefore not be considered trustworthy.
If you go to any one of those 33,000 fake pharmacies without first checking that site, then you are indeed mesjokke. You are so crazy and foolish that, well, what can I say? Perhaps that you just deserve to die from taking bogus pills?
In case you’re so stupid you still don’t get it, read this: Depri-Pharm.
I think the music is the best part of this post: it packs less anger and more talent. The talented ones here are the English electronic-music-makers Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons, better known as The Chemical Brothers. Here is their song The Pills Won’t Help You Now, from their 2007 album We Are the Night.
If you like it, then maybe you’d also like to take a look at their official The Chemical Brothers website.
• tip: No chemical lab in your cellar? Well, if in doubt about the quality of your cheapo pills, you can of course always try them with your dog first. At least that’s what Hitler did in his bunker, when they delivered his online order for last-minute poison.
• UPDATE: Not all readers could appreciate the angry, sarcastic tone I used in this post. Maybe in my indignation I went a little too far. I tried to explain why in reply to a reader’s comment. If this page does not show the comments below this post, see here.