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

their prescription volume as a result of prescription orders received or solicited through the Internet and will be effective July 1, 2008.

NABP applauds Indiana for the strengthening of its regulation of Internet drug distributors. VIPPS accreditation helps patients identify legitimate online pharmacies that are licensed and in good standing and following good practices. In addition to combating counterfeit drugs, Indiana will have another weapon for prosecuting those Internet drug distributors that present themselves as pharmacies but do not provide proper instructions such as maximum daily dosages or warnings about drug interactions. A case in point is the death of actor Heath Ledger, where six drugs were detected in his body. The abuse of prescription drugs is on the rise, especially in teenagers, and such illegitimate drug distributors do much to exacerbate the problem.

Later this spring, NABP will launch the Internet Drug Distributor Identification program, which will provide even more information for consumers regarding online drug distributors. Through this program, NABP will proactively search for, identify, and list on the NABP Web site illegitimate drug distributors that are not properly licensed in the states where they are doing business. Information on noncompliant Internet drug distributors will be provided to the state boards of pharmacy and federal law enforcement authorities. The NABP Web site (http://www.napb.net) also contains a list of VIPPS-accredited pharmacies located under Accreditation/VIPPS/List of Pharmacies.

To be VIPPS accredited, online distributors must be licensed pharmacies in good standing with all applicable state boards of pharmacy, meet a rigorous 19-point criteria review, and successfully complete an on-site survey. Currently, 15 pharmacy sites representing more than 12,000 pharmacies carry the VIPPS seal. Indiana joins Kentucky and North Carolina in req
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