The internet can be an easy way to access therapeutic goods. But be careful about buying medicines or medical devices online.
We regulate medicines and medical devices supplied in Australia. When you buy medicines online, we don't know who made them, or what's in them. And neither do you.
You can't tell if they are counterfeit (fake), toxic or have illegal ingredients. Counterfeit medicines and medical devices are often packaged to look like the real product.
Seek advice from your doctor or health professional if you're unsure about a health product.
- PageBuying medicines and medical devices onlineSee our information and video on the risks of buying health products online.
- PageCounterfeit (fake) medicines and medical devicesIf you use counterfeit medicines or medical devices you are risking your health.
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