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Fraud Scams and Slams Health Care Quackery

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									Fraud, Scams and Slams:
 Health Care Quackery


           Prepared by:
           Dr. Jan Park
       Gerontology Specialist
Oklahoma Cooperative Extension service
            April 2002
Medical Frauds Prey on the Elderly



      “Miracle Cures” Offer Hope
Dreaded Diseases Attract Quacks


   Arthritis
   Cancer
   Anti-Aging Potions
Beware: Don’t Fall Prey to Quacks




    “Miracle drugs”
    “Too-good-to-be true products”
Ask Questions and
Check Out the Product

 BEWARE!!!
  Miracle cures
  Natural products
  Scientific breakthrough
  Impressive jargon
  No side effects
Ask Questions and
Check Out the Product

   Information being suppressed
   Words like; detoxify, purify, energize
   Testimonials
   Available one source
   Real cheap
Cyberspace Health Care Quackery


         Internet Scams
Buying Prescription Medicine Online



    Way of the future
Advantages of Buying Medication
Through the Internet


    Convenience
    Comparison shopping
    Greater Variety
How to Buy Medications Safely on
the Internet



   New Prescription
   Private sites
   Licensed Pharmacies
How Does Online Sales Work?


  Open account            Rx
  Present prescription
  Learn delivery method
  Customer service
Buy Only from Reputable Pharmacy
Sites

   Do’s
    Licensed pharmacy
    VIPPS
    Prescription required
    Prescription verification
    Questions and answers
Buy Only from Reputable Pharmacy
Sites (cont.)

   Don'ts
    No customer service
                                                Not
                                                required

    No prescription required
    Questionnaire
    Buy from sites that sell medications not
     approved by FDA
    Buy from foreign sites selling low cost
     medications
The Problem with Regulating Internet
Drug Sales

 Federal Trade Commission
 Federal Drug Administration
 National Association of Boards of
 Pharmacy
 Federation of State Medical Boards
 Verified, Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites
 (VIPPS)
Dietary Supplements a Heyday for
Con Artists

    Unproven Dietary supplements risky
    Users! Don’t quit taking prescription
     medications
    Dietary Supplement Health and Education
     Act



                              St.
                              John’s
                              Wort
Dietary Supplements



  Pre-market Review Not Stringent
Read the Label Before You Buy


     What is the product?
     Quantity
     Structure –Function claim
     Directions
     Serving size, active ingredients
     Other ingredients
     Manufacturer, Packer, Distributor
     Customer service address/phone number
Product Claims Allowed




   Nutrition content claims
   Disease claims
   Nutrition Support claims

								
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