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Date:8/14/2009

ceiving a valid prescription.

The advertisement was not a new one. One of the report's co-authors had notified Microsoft in writing six months earlier that the advertiser was selling addictive prescription medications without requiring a valid prescription.

"We told Microsoft that this website was selling addictive medications without requiring a valid prescription in February," said John Horton, LegitScript President. "We got no response, and the website has continued to advertise since then uninterrupted."

KnujOn President Garth Bruen said, "This isn't about an occasional abusive advertiser that slips through Microsoft's filters. This is about a system that isn't working."

In the original report, the authors ordered a prescription drug from a Microsoft-sponsored advertisement that tested positive as counterfeit, and ordered prescription drugs without a prescription from other bing.com advertisements.

Three national organizations had written letters to Microsoft and other search engines in 2008 and 2009 expressing concern about pharmacy advertisers that sell unapproved medications or do not require a prescription.

KnujOn tracks Internet criminality and has removed over 100,000 spam websites from the Internet. LegitScript is the only Internet pharmacy verification organization in the United States identified by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy as adhering to its standards for certifying Internet pharmacies as safe and legitimate.

The supplemental report is available at LegitScript.com and KnujOn.com.

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