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Indiana Adopts Legislation to Combat Illegitimate Online Pharmacies, Protect Residents From Counterfeit Drugs
Date:4/2/2008

MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill., April 2, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy:

Ordering prescription drugs online can be safe and convenient when patients use legitimate online pharmacies, but it is all too easy for patients to find themselves the recipients of counterfeit drugs from dishonest Web sites. The vast number of Web sites offering prescription drugs puts patients in "buyer beware" situations as it is often difficult for them to know if the site they are buying from is legitimate. While obtaining drugs from Internet sites that do not require prescriptions or other standard safety measures may be convenient for consumers, it can also be deadly.

According to the World Health Organization, counterfeit drug sales are expected to reach $75 billion globally in 2010, an increase of more than 90% from 2005 -- and the Internet is one of the largest contributors to the distribution of counterfeit drugs to individual consumers. Those especially at risk are people searching for medications at lower prices, seeking lifestyle drugs perceived to be embarrassing, and purposely looking for unauthorized treatment; however, all consumers purchasing drugs from unknown online drug distributors are at risk.

In an effort to protect its citizens from unscrupulous Web sites pretending to be legitimate Internet pharmacies, the state of Indiana passed legislation to help prevent such sites from doing business in its state. Governor Mitch Daniels signed into law Senate Bill 302, which, among other things, requires nonresident pharmacies utilizing the Internet to obtain VIPPS(R) (Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites(TM)) accreditation from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy(R) (NABP(R)), or an equivalent program approved by the Indiana Board of Pharmacy, before shipping drugs into Indiana. The new law affects those nonresident pharmacies that dispense more than 25% of
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