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Global Patient Safety Highlighted by NABP, Domestic and International Stakeholders at .Pharmacy Supporter Advisory Committee Meeting
Date:8/5/2014

rmacy laws in the jurisdictions in which they are based and to which they sell medicine will be able to register domain names in .pharmacy. For example, a pharmacy that is licensed in another country and is selling prescription drugs to patients in the United States would not be eligible for .pharmacy because it is violating US federal law that prohibits importation. Similarly, Internet pharmacies dispensing prescription medications to patients in France would not be eligible for the .pharmacy domain because French law prohibits the online sale of prescription drugs. The .pharmacy eligibility requirements were developed to address concerns shared by domestic and international stakeholders about illegal online drug sellers distributing products that endanger patient health worldwide.

NABP continues to monitor websites selling prescription drugs to patients in the US and, as of July 2014, has reviewed over 10,780 Internet drug outlets and found 97% of them to be out of compliance with pharmacy laws and practice standards established in the US to protect the public health. Of the 10,434 websites identified as Not Recommended, nearly half offer foreign or non-Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved drugs, many of which may be dangerous counterfeits, to unsuspecting US patients. Further, health and regulatory agencies in the US and abroad have reported cases of patients harmed by counterfeit, substandard, and adulterated medications distributed by illegal Internet sellers.

Among the global coalition of stakeholders behind the .pharmacy initiative are the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies, Eli Lilly and Company, European Alliance for Access to Safe Medicines, FDA, Gilead Sciences, Inc, International Pharmaceutical Federation, INTERPOL, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc, LegitScript, Merck & Co, Inc, National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities, Pfizer, and state boards of pharmacy.


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