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Deceptive Practices By Illegal Online Drug Sellers Give Consumers a False Sense of Legitimacy and Safety, Reports NABP
Date:7/26/2013

MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill., July 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) today issued a report emphasizing the deceptive practices that illegal online drug sellers use to make consumers believe that they are legitimate, safe, and trustworthy. As detailed in the Internet Drug Outlet Identification Program Progress Report for State and Federal Regulators: July 2013, NABP discovered numerous examples of Web sites falsely claiming to be accredited through the Association's VIPPS® (Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites) accreditation program, sites selling counterfeit versions of brand-name drugs, and sites claiming to be Canadian that dispense prescription drugs without any prescription and sell counterfeit versions of brand name drugs. 

NABP reviews and monitors Web sites selling prescription drugs to patients in the United States and its findings are also presented in the report released today – of more than 10,000 Web sites analyzed, nearly 97% operate out of compliance with pharmacy laws and practice standards established in the US, and many other developed countries, to protect public health.

Consumers in the US tend to be particularly trusting of online drug sellers purporting to be Canadian pharmacies, many of which sell drugs that are neither approved by Health Canada nor legal to sell in Canada or the US. In the last quarter alone, NABP discovered a cluster of so-called Canadian "pharmacy" sites that also offer counterfeit versions of brand-name drugs and offer to dispense prescription drugs without any prescription. NABP's findings are supported by a July 2013 report from the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Internet pharmacies that
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