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In the U.S., the government's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must approve any drug before it can be sold. This is true whether it's a prescription or an over-the-counter drug. The FDA evaluates the safety of a drug by looking at

  • Side effects
  • How it's manufactured
  • Results of animal testing and clinical trials

The FDA also monitors a drug's safety after approval.

For you, drug safety means buying online from only legitimate pharmacies and taking your medicines correctly.

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