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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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