Buying drugs on the Internet can seriously damage your health, warn doctors.
British doctors have issued a stark warning to people who buy medicines over the Internet after it emerged one in four has treated patients made ill by them.
According to docs, people face a "minefield" when it comes to purchasing online, with many sites offering fake medicines and promoting online doctors and advisers who have no professional qualifications.
A poll of 423 doctors for GP newspaper found 25 per cent have treated patients for adverse reactions caused by medicines bought over the Internet, reports The Scotsman.
Dr Sarah Jarvis, a GP and spokeswoman for the Royal College of GPs, said: "Surveys looking at many online medications suggest that the proportion of counterfeits is enormously high and that many of them contain very worrying ingredients."
Dr Bill Beeby, prescribing lead for the British Medical Association's GPs' committee, said: "When it comes to buying drugs on the internet, it is a minefield.
"People just don't know what they'd be getting. I wouldn't advise any of my patients to go down that route."