by Samuel Witherspoon
Medications are very expensive
for seniors and many simply cannot afford to buy the ones that
they need on a fixed income. Prices on US medications are
often much higher than the exact same medications that can be
bought in places like Canada, Israel, or Mexico. However, as
with anytime that someone is desperate, there are those who will
take advantage of that need and make things even worse.
So it is with scum/spam merchants
who send millions of spam emails that advertise medications at
low prices. They often even advertise that they will sell
your medication to
you without a prescription or will get their doctor to make a
prescription for you. You might ask yourself however, if you
want any doctor diagnosing you via a form over the Internet.
To someone who has been using a
medication but needs to see their doctor again before they can get
a refill, this sounds like it might be very tempting.
"After all", you reason, "nothing has changed, the
doctor will refill the prescription when he gets his $75
fee. Why not just eliminate the doctor from the equation and
save the $75 doctor fee?"
Okay, the logic sounds familiar
and even understandable to those who cannot afford medications
that they desperately need. There are only two problems with
this logic however, and there is an alternative that is safe and
reasonable (see below).
Number one problem:
Things may indeed have changed for you and your medications
might need to be adjusted or changed. Your body changes and
though you might not notice any difference, it could have changed
enough that your medications also need to be changed.
Your doctor might also have found
a medication that will work even better for you, a new generic
medication might be out that is cheaper, or your medications might
be causing a problem that only some blood tests could determine.
You just don't know for sure, neither does your doctor until they
examine you and possibly run tests, and that Internet doctor (if
there really is one) most certainly doesn't know.
Use of some drugs require
periodic tests of your organs like your kidneys, heart, or liver
before you can continue. Go without these tests, and the
drug you are getting could be damaging one of your organs without
Number two problem:
Anyone who sends you spam that advertises medication IS a
scoundrel and for many reasons:
First, it is illegal for
them to send you prescription medications without a prescription
from YOUR doctor. Ask yourself, if they would violate this
law, is there any reason that they would not break other laws
too? Of course not.
Second, it is illegal to send many drugs through the mail, even if you have a
valid prescription. Not even your local pharmacy can send you a
bottle of narcotics such as Xanax or Valium and these spammers
probably cannot even get the real thing.
So if they cannot get you the
real thing, what are they sending you? If you are lucky,
only sugar pills. If you aren't so lucky, it could be
something toxic, you could be depending upon this
"medication" for your life, or you could have a reaction
to something that you shouldn't have.
Third, legitimate companies do
not have to send spam. Illegitimate and illegal pharmacies
have to switch domains and web servers all the time to stay ahead
of the DEA, the FDA, and the FBI. The only way they can get
business is to send you an email. Legitimate pharmacies
advertise. Illegal pharmacies send you spam. Oh, and
if you do have a reaction or a problem, you will never find the
company that you bought the product from.
Evidently, there are a few of
these fraud "medication" merchants who do not require
you to pay up front. It probably has something to do with
the fact that being set up to pay online could expose them to the
law or it's just too costly to move it around from site to
In such cases, this criminal will
likely send you the medications along with a bill that he hopes
you will pay by check, but knowing full well that many won't
because his medications are junk.
When they don't get paid they
usually cause quite a fuss and threaten to send people to
jail. If you have ordered and are now getting these threats,
don't worry about it. Count yourself lucky that you are
alive and healthy. When they threaten to take you to court
or call the police and charge you with a crime, tell them to go
ahead and then they can explain their illegal drug operation to
the court. One of our readers agreed to help by offering to
take the guy's name, address, and telephone number, and report the
Eliminate the spam
If you are like me, you get
dozens of spam per day advertising things like mortgages,
prescription medication, watches, porn, bootleg software, and a
whole host of other useless or dangerous things.
Why do they send the spam?
Well actually, very few people do respond to spam email, but
obviously there are some or they wouldn't do it. If only 1
in 10,000 respond, the doesn't sound very profitable. But if you
send out 10 million every day, that's still 1000 clients, each
What we have to do to stop this
is to take away the profit. Don't buy no matter how tempting
it is. When they've spammed you, it is a hoax or it is
illegal. If everyone quit buying from spam today, it would
disappear in a month.
The alternative to medication
As promised, there is a great
alternative to buying your medications from these criminals, and
that is to work with legitimate Canadian
Pharmacies that work within the law and submit themselves to
Canadian regulations. These regulations are basically the
same as American regulations, but the drugs are still