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NABP flags illegal online drug sellers
July 20th, 2012
MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill. – A National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) examination of more than 10,000 websites selling prescription drugs found that 97% were operating out of compliance with U.S. pharmacy laws
In releasing its "Internet Drug Outlet Identification Program Progress Report for State and Federal Regulators: July 2012" report on Friday, NABP said the 9,734 illicit Internet drug outlets are listed as "Not Recommended" on its AWARErx.org consumer protection site.
Of the illegal online drug outlets classisfied as Not Recommended, 9,261 appear to be affiliated with a network that obtains drugs from questionable sources, and 4,828 offer foreign or drugs not approved by the Food and Drug Administration, the report found.
In addition, 8,497 of those sites don't require a valid prescription, 2,271 have a physical address outside of the United States (and most rogue pharmacy sites post no address at all), 3,614 have server locations in foreign countries, 1,584 don't have secure sites, 9,261 appear to be affiliated with a network and 1,119 dispense controlled substances.
NABP reported that of the 10,065 sites reviewed, 258 appear to be potentially legitimate — that is, they meet program criteria that could be verified solely by looking at the sites. Also, 73 of the reviewed sites have been accredited through NABP's Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites (VIPPS) or Veterinary-Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites (Vet-VIPPS) programs, or approved through the NABP e-Advertiser Approval Program.
Rogue online drug sellers provide an outlet for counterfeit medicines to enter the U.S. drug supply and make their way to unwary consumers, endangering the health and safety of Americans, NABP noted.
"Focusing on the topics of safe drug disposal, online pharmacies, and counterfeit drug dangers, AWARxE educates consumers on prescription drug safety," NABP president Michael Burleson said in a statement.
Last month, NABP announced it has applied for the .pharmacy generic top-level domain. The association said the designation would give consumers worldwide a trusted means for obtaining the authentic, safe medications online.