Avoid Illegitimate Online Pharmacies
In March 2011, Pfizer Global Security conducted a study to see how many top-ranking online pharmacies were selling counterfeit VIAGRA (sildenafil citrate). Approximately 80% OF SITES surveyed claiming to sell VIAGRA were selling fakes.*
The term “buy VIAGRA” was searched on the top two search engines over a five-day period. During this time, 22 unique sites consistently appeared among the top search results claiming to sell VIAGRA manufactured by Pfizer. Pfizer Global Security then ordered VIAGRA from these sites and tested the chemical composition of the pills.
HERE'S WHAT WAS FOUND:
GO BEHIND THE COUNTER OF AN ILLEGITIMATE ONLINE PHARMACY
See what an illegitimate online pharmacy might look like and the common tricks that they use.
KNOW WHAT TO LOOK FOR
In response to public concern about the safety of pharmacy practices on the Internet, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) developed an accreditation seal called the Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites (VIPPS®).
GET A LIST OF VIPPS®-ACCREDITED ONLINE PHARMACIES
Clicking on the VIPPS seal allows you to verify the authenticity of the site. If the site is not in the VIPPS database, it is not a legitimate online pharmacy.
Think you’ve purchased counterfeit VIAGRA?
Report it to the FDA MedWatch Program or call Pfizer at 1-800-438-1985.
THE TRUTH ABOUT VIAGRA SPAM
Counterfeiters who send spam will often use the names VIAGRA and Pfizer to pretend they’re legitimate. VIAGRA spam can put your health at risk by offering fake pills, and can also:
  • Infect your computer with a virus
  • Capture your e-mail address for other spammers to use
  • Trick you into revealing credit card numbers or other personal information that could lead to identity theft
The best thing to do with VIAGRA spam is to delete it without opening it.
Pfizer will only send you e-mails about specific information or offers that you have signed-up for or requested.
COUPONS FOR VIAGRA: ANOTHER TRICK OF THE TRADE
One way counterfeiters try to get your attention is by promoting coupon codes or special offers online. They often use these deceptive offers to get you to buy their fake medicines.
If you see an offer online, check that it’s coming from a VIPPS®-accredited website to be sure that it’s legitimate. If you receive a coupon for VIAGRA and are not sure that it’s legitimate, call our support line at 1-888-4-VIAGRA (1-888-484-2472).
You can also check this website for information about special offers from Pfizer for VIAGRA.
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