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NABP Alerts the Public About Online Drug Sellers Taking Advantage of Drug Shortage Fears
Date:4/24/2012

er public and private stakeholders to protect the public health and educate the public about counterfeit drugs and other potential dangers of buying medication from unknown and unapproved sources over the Internet."

As reported in Internet Drug Outlet Identification Program Progress Report for State and Federal Regulators: April 2012, NABP has reviewed more than 9,500 Web sites and the vast majority of sites found to be out of compliance (94%) can be traced to rogue affiliate networks obtaining prescription drugs from questionable sources, and dispensing them indiscriminately to patients without a valid prescription or medical oversight. The report also found that of the rogue Web sites:

  • 9,062 (94%) appear to be affiliated with a network
  • 8,122 do not require a valid prescription
  • 4,648 offer foreign or non-Food and Drug Administration-approved drugs
  • 2,211 have a physical address located outside of the US
  • 3,363 have server locations in foreign countries

NABP's continued analysis finds that the Internet marketplace remains a pervasive contributor to the rampant misuse and abuse of prescription drugs. To help consumers find safe sources for purchasing medicine online safely, NABP developed the VIPPS® (Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites) accreditation program. Consumers should 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 efforts to combat these rogue sites, NABP and the state boards of pharmacy are stepping up their efforts to educate the public through the AWARxE® consumer protection program. The AWARxE Web site provides information on safely obtaining me
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