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NABP Position Paper Calls for Action Against Proliferation of Rogue Internet Drug Outlets
Date:5/5/2009

MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill., May 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy(R) (NABP(R)) released a position paper on May 5, 2009, examining the flagrant lawlessness of Web sites selling prescription medicine over the Internet. "To see why this 'wild west' of an electronic marketplace is a problem, one need only follow the trail of dead and injured patients," the paper asserts. The "State of the Internet: NABP Position Paper on the Continued Proliferation of Rogue Internet Drug Outlets" calls to task the various parties whose activities allow this trend to continue and challenges lawmakers and regulators to rein in this dangerous underground marketplace.

In the document, NABP revisits the call to action of its 2003 "Position Paper on the Importation of Foreign Prescription Drugs," which states that "[p]urchasing medications from unknown and illegal sources via the Internet and other means is compromising the US medication distribution system and making US citizens vulnerable to bioterrorism attacks." The 2009 position paper notes that, "[i]n the six years since NABP called attention to this situation, little has changed."

The current position paper clearly elucidates the laws and practice standards pertaining to the dispensing of prescription medicine and poses the question, "[s]o then why, out of 1,351 Internet drug outlets assessed by NABP as of January 2009, do 1,183 (88%) of them continue, unhindered, to offer prescription drugs without a valid prescription?" The paper goes on to identify several avenues through which rogue Internet drug outlets continue to skirt the laws established to protect patient health and safety.

"An alarming number of Internet drug outlets advertising on search engines flagrantly offer prescription medicine, including controlled substances, without a valid prescription... Many of these sites violate the recently adopted Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consu
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