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Sellers of Unapproved Drugs Proliferate Online, Posing a Serious Threat to Global Public Health, Reports NABP
Date:11/1/2013

MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill., Nov. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) today issued a report stressing the continuing global public health threat posed by unapproved drug products distributed via the Internet. As detailed in the Internet Drug Outlet Identification Program Progress Report for State and Federal Regulators: October 2013, most rogue online drug sellers reviewed by NABP in the last three months offer foreign drug products or medications not approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as do nearly half of all rogue sites NABP has reviewed since 2008. Global stakeholders – including regulators, public health organizations, and private entities – agree that drug products failing to meet national regulatory safeguards place patient health at risk. NABP and its member state boards of pharmacy continue to encourage and work with federal regulators and other public and private entities to educate the public about the dangers of unapproved drugs and other risks of buying medications from rogue Internet drug sellers.

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Because many unapproved drugs fraudulently bear trademarked brand names, issues of intellectual property (IP) complicate international debates about how to stop their distribution. The report includes an overview of perspectives from US regulators and various international regulatory bodies and public entities. Both US and international stakeholders agree that medications not approved by national authorities, or circumventing approved distribution channels, pose dangers to patients. For example, the World Health Organization indicates that "spurious/falsely labelled
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