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Scam online pharmacies selling fake, dangerous pills find opportunity in the pandemic

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The coronavirus pandemic has kick-started a host of online and remote services, but not all of them are as useful as expansions to telemedicine or having groceries ordered online and delivered to your doorstep: Fake online pharmacies have also proliferated during COVID-19, putting their customers at serious risk.

“Criminals will use any emergency or crisis to make money,” John Hertig, vice chair at Butler University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and chairman of the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies, told the Arizona Mirror

Due to the pandemic, many people across the country were restricted in their movements, especially those with pre-existing health conditions that required specific medications. With that came a boom in fake online pharmacies taking advantage of the situation, Hertig said. 

Online pharmacies have existed almost as long as the internet, as have ones that are operated by…

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