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* Sri Lankan health authorities warn people not to purchase medicine through the internet
Thu, Apr 17, 2014, 10:01 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 17, Colombo: Health authorities in Sri Lanka have warned the public not to purchase medicines through the internet.

Director of the National Drugs Authority Dr. Hemantha Benaragama has said that sale of drugs online is not regulated and many places sell low quality drugs which do not meet the standards.

He has called on the public to be especially careful when purchasing over the internet drugs that are said to enhance sexual performance.

The official has added that several incidents of fatalities have been reported due to consumption of such drugs sold online and advised the public not to consume such drugs since they are dispensed without the advice of experts.

Although the law does not permit for drugs to be advertised without the approval of the particular country's drugs authority, many websites advertise and sell such drugs, Dr. Benaragama explained.

Dr. Benaragama has told the media that any kind of medicine should be registered in a country where it is marketed and during the registration process the country's regulatory authority would evaluate it and see whether the drug was suitable and safe.

While three parameters are considered when issuing a permit: quality, safety and efficiency, they are not followed by sellers on the internet, he has noted.

Dr. Benaragama has added that he had a meeting with Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa regarding the issue and that a unit would be set up in collaboration with the Customs, Interpol and the CID to monitor such purchases.

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