Drugs and the traveller
PRESCRIPTION medications are a tricky topic for the traveller. In developed countries, the traveller can generally trust prescription drugs, but a consultation is typically required to obtain them, as in Australia.
This does not hold for prescription drugs available online without a script. Australian travellers may be naive about counterfeit drugs, since the quality of medications in Australia is high. However, there have been some reports of severe complications in Australia from drugs bought online, e.g. fake Cialis, and severe hypoglycaemia.
In other developed countries, counterfeit medicines are