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VIPPS Celebrates 10th Anniversary, Continues to Guide Consumers to Legitimate Internet Pharmacies
Date:3/30/2009

sfully completing this application, evaluation, verification, and site survey process is the online pharmacy awarded VIPPS accreditation and provided with the VIPPS seal. These seals are displayed on the accredited pharmacies' Web sites and provide patients with a direct link to the VIPPS verification Web page, where they can instantly obtain information regarding the accredited Internet pharmacies.

Once an online pharmacy becomes accredited, an annual review and reaccreditation process is conducted. Follow-up site surveys are scheduled with the pharmacies, which are visited once every three years to ensure they continue to comply with the VIPPS criteria.

Implementation of the VIPPS program was just the beginning of the Association's battle against rogue Internet sites selling drugs. NABP continues to develop ways to further protect the public health from unscrupulous sites. In January 2009, NABP launched the Veterinary-Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites(TM) (Vet-VIPPS)(TM) program, which serves as a means to evaluate and accredit legitimately operating online veterinary pharmacy practice sites that dispense medications for companion animals as well as non-food producing animals and ensure that a patient/client relationship exists. This program was developed to assist the states in their efforts to maintain control over the Internet-based distribution of prescription drugs and devices for non-food producing animals as well as hold Internet veterinary pharmacies accountable for meeting patient/client safety practice standards. The Vet-VIPPS criteria, which is based on the Association's original VIPPS criteria, also incorporates new criteria specific to veterinary pharmacies.

Additionally, NABP received an Award of Excellence in the first round of the 2009 Associations Advance America Awards program, a national competition sponsored by the American Society of Association Executives & The Center for Associa
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