FTC Who Cares website Helps — May 2012, reviewed January 2013

There are many sources of information – many of them online – and it can be tough to tell fact from fiction, or useful health products and services from those that don’t work or aren’t safe.

The Federal Trade Commission or FTC has created a website to help consumers find reliable sources of information on health topics.  It is called Who Cares (www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/whocares/index.shtml).  It can be found by going to the FTC website and clicking into the consumer protection area.  There you will find a link to Who Cares.

This website includes:

One item that caught my eye is information on buying prescription drugs online.  Many people find this is a way to save money plus it is a convenient way to shop.  Drug cost coverage through medical insurance plans often give an option for mail order pharmacy The article discusses how to tell if you are dealing with a reputable pharmacy. 

The website cautions people to remember:  Among the best sources of health information is someone you can meet face-to-face.  Talk about all of your health-related decisions with your doctors and other trusted health care providers.