'They can cause serious harm': Experts warn against fake Covid-19 cyber cures

Europe's medicines agency urged consumers to only use registered online pharmacies when buying medication

25 March 2020 - 11:47 By AFP Relaxnews
Medical experts have warned against online treatment claiming to be treatment for coronavirus.
Medical experts have warned against online treatment claiming to be treatment for coronavirus.
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Europe's medicines agency Tuesday warned consumers not buy any online medication claiming to be a treatment for Covid-19, saying doing so could cause serious harm.

The Amsterdam-based European Medicines Agency advised online buyers only to use registered online pharmacies when buying medication.

"The EMA is urging the general public not to buy medicines from unauthorised websites and other vendors aiming to exploit fears and concerns during the ongoing pandemic of the coronavirus disease," it said in a statement.

"Falsified medicines can cause serious harm... and may contain the wrong or no active ingredient or even harmful substances that should not be in medicines," the EMA said.

"The public is reminded that there are currently no treatments authorised for Covid-19," the agency pointed out, adding "medicines are available for treating symptoms such as fever in line with advice from your doctor or pharmacist."