In an age when a prescription drug called OxyContin can cost as much as $600, a pharmacy can now offer a prescription that costs as little as $4.
The only catch?
You have to order it online.
According to the FDA, this is an unprecedented step forward in addressing the drug abuse crisis and helping people access the prescription drugs they need to keep their lives functioning.
“The first-ever pharmacy to offer this service will help patients access prescription drugs for the first time in more than three decades,” said Julie Smith, director of the FDA’s Office of Drug Evaluation and Research.
“It is critical that drug abusers and their loved ones have access to affordable, reliable, and timely access to prescription medications for treatment.”
For decades, drug addicts have relied on their loved-ones to come to them for prescriptions.
But as the opioid epidemic has become more and more prevalent, those relationships have largely been cut off.
Since January, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that nearly 1 million Americans have died from opioid overdoses in 2017.
And a whopping 1.2 million Americans died of an overdose in 2016.
With so many people struggling to get their prescription drugs, it has become increasingly difficult for the FDA to monitor the effectiveness of these drugs in combating the epidemic.
“It’s a new frontier,” Smith said.
“We are seeing a lot more innovative ways to deliver safe, reliable prescription drug access.”
The FDA will continue to monitor online pharmacies as they develop their new service.
The agency will provide updates on the progress of these new programs as they become available.
In the meantime, if you’re struggling to find a place to fill your prescription, you can always call the number on the front of the box, the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) toll-free helpline at 1-888-DEA-7247.
To get more information about prescription drug abuse, visit the CDC’s website: http://www.cdc.gov/drugabuse.
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