Cialis counterfeited medicaments – notable cases and avoiding them.

Counterfeited Cialis pills that are sold on the Internet are a concern of not only pharmaceutical firms but also public authorities. Fake pills pose a threat to life and health of people. In addition, pharmaceutical producers lose their profits due to such drugs.

Headline-making cases

In 2014, Interpol detected and closed about ten thousand illegal websites that sold medical remedies without a prescription. A lot of these medicaments were intended for the treatment of impotence in men.

In 2012, an online seller of drugs from Puerto Rico was sentenced to ten years in prison. Law enforcement bodies found in the man’s house about 100 thousand copies of counterfeit medications, including Cialis.

In early 2015, during the inspection of a mail parcel that came from abroad to an American consumer, the FDA experts identified a counterfeit batch of Cialis (20 mg tablets). Laboratory tests showed that fake pills contained several substances that might be hazardous to the health of patients. On the fake drug packaging, it was indicated that it was produced in Australia, although Eli Lilly had no production capacities for manufacturing Cialis in this country. In addition, there were misspelled words on the package, and dosage of the active agent (tadalafil) was not specified.

Risks of purchasing the medicament from fake chemist’s shops

Buying Cialis in fake Internet chemist’s shops may be hazardous to health and even life. Medical remedies that you receive may look like real branded medicaments but in fact, they may be counterfeit, contaminated or have expired shelf life. Medicaments that are approved for sale in the US have been tested for safety and efficacy by the FDA. At the same time, the drugs approved in any other country or made by unknown manufacturers may contain unsafe ingredients that can aggravate the ailment, develop resistance to the medicament, or cause new undesirable effects.

Buying medicaments on fake internet chemist’s shops, you expose your personal information to the risk. A lot of such chemist’s shops are simply unable to provide adequate data security, while others abuse the information provided by users. They can infect your computer with virus software, and then sell the received data to other fake pharmacies or fraudsters. As a result, you may receive spam on your e-mail, as well as unwanted telephone calls.

How can you avoid counterfeits?

According to the recommendations placed on cialis.com (official website of Eli Lilly manufacturer), beware of websites that:

1) offer drugs at a price that is much lower than that in your local drugstore and seems very affordable to you;

2) do not provide their real physical address and contact information (more than half of medical remedies that are sold on the websites that do not have physical addresses, are counterfeited);

3) offer generic versions, “soft” or “fast dissolving” tablets (there is no approved generic for the medicament);

4) sell the medicament without a prescription, or after a customer’s completing a short online questionnaire.