British Columbia Pharmacy Association

British Columbia Pharmacy Association

March 21, 2007 12:35 ET

Media Release: Only Obtain Medications and Medical Information From Trusted Sources Says BC Pharmacy Association

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - March 21, 2007) - With thousands of medications available to consumers and almost as many places to buy them, the British Columbia Pharmacy Association is urging the public to obtain medications and medical information only from trusted sources like their local pharmacist or online from sources like the BC Health Guide (www.bchealthguide.org).

The warning follows the death of a Quadra Island woman that Vancouver Island's regional coroner believes was caused by tainted pills she ordered on the Internet.

"The best way for British Columbians to protect themselves from unsafe medications or information is to get to know their local pharmacist," said Marnie Mitchell, CEO of the B.C. Pharmacy Association. "B.C.'s 4,000 pharmacists are highly trained medication experts. They're knowledgeable and accessible and provide valuable one-on-one counselling on a wide range of health issues, including the proper use and dosage of medications."

"In addition, our pharmacists are regulated by the College of Pharmacists of B.C. Unfortunately, when people order drugs online, in many cases, they don't know who the supplier is, where they're operating from or whether they're subject to any regulations or inspections."

Mitchell urged British Columbians looking for medical information to also visit the BC Health Guide website at www.bchealthguide.org.

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