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Howard Ain, Troubleshooter: Over-the-counter drug dangers

Updated: Wednesday, March 5 2014, 07:29 PM EST
CINCINNATI (Howard Ain) -- It sounds like a great deal, over-the-counter drugs on sale online at deeply discounted prices.

But buying those pills may actually  be bad for your health.  Pepcid AC, Tylenol, Advil; these piles of pill boxes look like they belong in the stock room of your local drug store.  In reality all of these over the counter drugs were stolen in an elaborate shoplifting ring.
 
David Arminio, a US Postal Inspector, said, "Shop lifters will go into stores. They will steal the product. Ultimately they will sell it to a middle man."
 
That person will then try to sell the product online. Sometimes for 30-percent less than retail stores.  But this is a crime that poses a real physical danger.
 
Arminio explains, "A lot of these products have temperature requirements, they have to be stored within a certain degree.  When they are stolen they are either stored in big warehouses, cars, or in hot weather."
 
Postal inspectors say the criminals involved in these schemes are focused on money, not temperatures or expiration dates.
 
"If someone consumes a product that is possibly spoiled they can get sick and one of our main concerns was a lot of products in this scheme were baby formula," Arminio said.
 
Some advice, be wary of online deals with price tags far below typical market value.  When it is that much cheaper than the store, you have to wonder where that product is from.  No one has more buying power than the national retail chain.
                       
The suspects in this case were discovered from leads provided by some retail stores and then developed with undercover purchases made by postal inspectors.

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