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Education and Collaboration Key to Continued Progress in Fighting Rogue Online Prescription Drug Sellers, Reports NABP
Date:1/25/2013

eport. Such NABP collaborative efforts include:

  • Working with search engines Google, Bing, and Yahoo! to block online advertisements for rogue Internet drug outlets beginning in 2010.
  • Participating, with other stakeholders, in a December 2010 White House forum to address the problem of counterfeit medications and their frequent distribution over the Internet.
  • Participating in a June 2011 Congressional briefing on rogue Internet drug outlets.
  • Applying to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, with the support of a global coalition of stakeholders, in March 2012 to be the registry operator for the new .PHARMACY domain.

As indicated in the report released today, NABP has reviewed more than 10,000 Web sites and the vast majority of sites (97%) were found to be operating out of compliance with US pharmacy laws and are listed as Not Recommended on NABP's consumer protection Web site, www.AWARErx.org. The 9,938 Internet drug outlets currently listed as Not Recommended are characterized as follows:

  • 4,839 offer foreign or non-Food and Drug Administration-approved drugs
  • 8,701 do not require a valid prescription
  • 2,302 have a physical address located outside of the US (most rogue sites post no address whatsoever)
  • 1,121 dispense controlled substances

To help consumers find the safest sources for purchasing medicine online, NABP developed the VIPPS® (Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites) accreditation program. Consumers are encouraged to look for the VIPPS Seal on an accredited site, or check NABP's database on its consumer protection Web site, www.AWARErx.org. As part of its continued initiatives aimed to combat these rogue sites, NABP and the state boards of pharmacy are
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