November 14, 2013
A WGME13 news story on online prescription drugs featured a lab analysis of a sample drug by Kenneth McCall, PharmD, associate professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice.
WGME placed an order for the prescription drug Viagra, used for erectile dysfunction, from an online company that did not require a physician's prescription. The tablets received were labeled as having 50 milligrams of the active ingredient. McCall's analysis showed the product only contained about 7 milligrams.
McCall expressed concern in the story that "if it were a heart medicine, diabetes medicine, I would be extremely concerned this could result in an emergency room visit or hospitalization because the patient got an inadequate dose.”
Joseph Bruno, R.Ph., a UNE College of Pharmacy adjunct faculty member, was also interviewed for the story. Watch the video.