Health Officials Raise Awareness on Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals

BANGOR - They're cheap, readily available and deadly. Counterfeit pharmaceuticals are being sold on the Internet, and today, members of the health community held a forum to discuss ways to stop this black market industry.


Typically, when a customer needs to purchase a certain medication, they now look to the Internet. 

Officials say that's where the danger starts.  Website's like Amazon and E-Bay may sell certain medications, but you'll never know if it's real or fake.

Many of these drugs claim to be made in Canada or the UK but rather come from the Caribbean.  So another way to ensure your drugs are safe is to follow the money transaction.

You should also always speak with your doctor and pharmacist before you purchase any medications.


Andrew Scheinthal

Weekend Anchor/Reporter

Andrew joined the WVII ABC 7 and WFVX FOX 22 News team in June of 2012. Since a young child he always wanted to pursue a career in Broadcast Journalism, and is honored to start his journey in Eastern Maine. He enjoys nothing more than meeting the members of the community and sharing their stories with our viewers.

Raised in Houston, Texas, Andrew graduated from Suffolk University located in Boston, Massachusetts where he majored in Communications. Before moving up to the Pine Tree State, Andrew was a student reporter for The Morning Show on New England Cable News (NECN).

When not in the newsroom, Andrew enjoys volunteering at the Bangor Humane Society. You can see him there at least once a week interacting with many of the dogs. He also enjoys cooking, reading, watching his favorite movies, and going to the gym.

Make sure to say hi when you see him on the streets, and mention Finding Nemo (his favorite movie) if you want some brownie points!

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