Dubious drugs on Internet may have terror link

January 28th, 2009 - 3:20 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Jan 28 (IANS) People tempted to buy dubious drugs on the net could not only be risking their lives but also funding terrorism, unwittingly, warned a medical expert.

Graham Jackson, a Britain-based consultant cardiologist, has called for greater public awareness of the dangers and consequences of the fake drugs market, which will be worth 55 billion pounds by next year.

“In one scheme, Americans buying fake Viagra on the internet were actually helping to fund Middle East terrorism, unknowingly jeopardising the lives of men and women serving in their own armed forces,” he said.

“Harmful ingredients found in counterfeit medicines include arsenic, boric acid, paint, floor and shoe polish, talcum powder, chalk and brick dust and nickel,” Jackson pointed out.

Although some internet pharmacies are legitimate, a significant number are illegal and often operate internationally, selling products of unknown content or origin.

“Counterfeit drugs may originate from many different countries where governments have little or no controls in place, and be then imported into other countries without being inspected,” said Jackson, also the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Clinical Practice.

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