Canadian online pharmacy pioneer denied bail in U.S.
A former Manitoban who was a pioneer in the cross-border online pharmacy industry has been denied bail in the United States on charges related to the sale of foreign and counterfeit medication.  Read more: Canadian online pharmacy pioneer denied bail in U.S.

Fake Medicines a Threat
Pharmaceutical counterfeiting is one of the threats to public health and security. Recent law enforcement operations showed that the Philippines is not immune from this threat.  Read more: Fake Medicines a Threat. 

Phony Agents Using Scam
Telephone callers have been pretending to be special agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration or other law-enforcement agencies, often threatening to arrest victims if they don't pay a fine. People who have previously bought drugs over the Internet or by telephone have been prime targets.  Read more:  Phony Agents Using Scam.

NABP Applies for New .PHARMACY Generic Top-Level Domain to Provide a Secure Destination for Consumers
The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®), with the support of a global coalition of stakeholders, has applied to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to own and operate the new .PHARMACY generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD).  Read more:  NABP Applies for New .PHARMACY Generic Top-Level Domain to Provide a Secure Destination for Consumers.

Canadian Web Drug Pioneer Arrested
In a sign of a stepped-up crackdown on the illegal pharmaceutical trade, U.S. authorities arrested Andrew Strempler, 38 years old, a pioneer of the Canadian Internet pharmacy industry, on charges related to the sale of foreign and counterfeit medicines, according to officials in Miami.  Read more:  Canadian Web Drug Pioneer Arrested.

Action 9 Investigates Online Pharmacy Scam
Several Central Florida families who bought prescription drugs online were being threatened with jail unless they paid fines, but it was all a scam, Action 9 learned.  Read more:  Action 9 Investigates Online Pharmacy Scam.

Be Wary of Online Drugs
Dozens of drugs are in short supply.  That has many people turning to the Internet to fill their prescriptions.  But the FDA says if you shop on line - you might not get what you're paying for.  Read more:  FDA: Be wary of online drugs.

FDA Issues Warning About Counterfeit Adderall Purchased Online
Washington (May 29, 2012) -  FDA has released a public statement warning consumers about online sales of counterfeit Adderall (amphetamine and dextroamphetamine). FDA's preliminary laboratory results have concluded that suspect “30 mg Adderall” tablets do not contain the right active pharmaceutical ingredients, potentially causing dangerous side-effects for patients consuming the fake drug.  FDA suspects Adderall may be targeted by counterfeiters and rogue online drug sellers who seek to profit from current shortages in US supply of the legitimate medication.

FDA cautions that consumers should take extra care when buying medications online. While in this instance the fake Adderall does not look like the legitimate medication --  appearing in the wrong color and including misspellings on the package, amongst other indicia  -- other counterfeits have been visually indistinguishable from the legitimate medication. For more information or questions please continue to The Official FDA News Release.

Shopping for Your Family's Medications Online: A Safety Guide
Instead of containing the four active ingredients that 30mg tablets of Adderall are supposed to have  – dextroamphetamine saccharate, amphetamine aspartate, dextroamphetamine sulfate, and amphetamine sulfate — the counterfeit product contains tramadol and acetaminophen, ingredients used to treat pain. The FDA says the fake medication should be considered,  ”… unsafe, ineffective and potentially harmful.”  Read more:  Shopping for Your Family's Medications Online: A Safety Guide.

What’s in a Fake Drug
Some say that the wrong ingredients make the right dish. This may be true in some cases but in medicines, the wrong ingredients often have dire consequences on health.  Read more:  What’s in a Fake Drug.

Camp David Declaration
We, the Leaders of the Group of Eight, met at Camp David on May 18 and 19, 2012 to address major global economic and political challenges.  Read more:  Camp David Declaration.

Top 9 Health Risks Women Face from Counterfeit Medication
Disfiguration has been caused by Counterfeit Botox™ containing questionable inauthentic ingredients, such as cooking oil, which caused abscesses, scarring and kidney failure in victims. A New Zealand woman was hospitalized for 6 weeks after being injected by an unknown substance by a friend who bought fake Botox online.  Read more:   Top 9 Health Risks Women Face from Counterfeit Medication.

Dangerous Doses
The worldwide counterfeit drug market is huge and growing. The Center for Medicine in the Public Interest estimates that in 2010 the trade reaped around $75 billion, a 90 percent increase since 2005.  Read more:  Dangerous Doses.

Leahy-Grassley Bill to Increase Penalties for Counterfeit Drugs Adopted in FDA Bill
WASHINGTON (Wednesday, May 23, 2012) – Legislation authored by U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to increase penalties for trafficking counterfeit drugs was adopted by the Senate Wednesday as part of a substitute amendment to the Food and Drug Administration user fee legislation being debated this week.  Read more:  Leahy-Grassley Bill to Increase Penalties for Counterfeit Drugs Adopted in FDA Bill.

NABP Release Year End 2011 Data: Fake Pharmacies Proliferate, the Many Controlled by the Few
While the number of legitimate online pharmacies safe for Americans remains at 4% of all, the growth of fake online pharmacies out of compliance with U.S. pharmacy laws and practice standards appears to be strongly linked to the spread of underlying source organizations called “affiliate networks” that proliferate the internet with copies of their websites.  Read more:  NABP Release Year End 2011 Data: Fake Pharmacies Proliferate, the Many Controlled by the Few. 

Feds Bust Rogue Internet Pharmacy
An 18-month investigation reveals 60-year-old Carlton Charles is the accused mastermind behind a rogue internet pharmacy mailing prescription drugs  to people all over the nation.  Read more:  Feds Bust Rogue Internet Pharmacy.

UK Govt. Targets 14,000 Fake Drug Websites
More than 14,000 websites selling counterfeit or stolen medicine have either been shut down or suspended in the last two years by authorities tackling their trafficking, new figures show.  Read more:  UK Govt. Targets 14,000 Fake Drug Websites

UK Regulator Launches New Counterfeit Medicine Strategy
The UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) unveiled a new anti-counterfeiting strategy this week as it reflects on a successful five-year campaign against the trade in falsified drugs and medical devices.  Read more:  UK Regulator Launches New Counterfeit Medicine Strategy.

Two Israeli Men Sentenced for Smuggling Counterfeit Drug Products Into US, Products Sold Via Internet Drug Outlets
Two Israeli citizens pleaded guilty to smuggling counterfeit and misbranded drugs into the United States.  Read more:  Two Israeli Men Sentenced for Smuggling Counterfeit Drug Products Into US, Products Sold Via Internet Drug Outlets.

Dad's Plea Over Online Drug Sale
The father of a man who took his own life after buying prescription-only drugs over the internet has said more must be done to regulate online pharmacies.  Read more:  Dad's Plea Over Online Drug Sale.

Media an 'Accomplice' in Fake Medicines Sales
Prosecutors said that the media and the Internet have become "accomplices" in the sale of fake medicines in China, the Beijing Youth Daily reported.  Read more:  Media an 'Accomplice' in Fake Medicines Sales.

Internet High: Online Drug Sales a Dangerous, Growing Trend
For the millions of people struggling with addiction in today’s digital world, they don’t have to go far on their search. With the click of a mouse, the drug of your choice is now at your doorstep and your fingertips.  Read more: Internet High: Online Drug Sales a Dangerous, Growing Trend.

Internet Drug Outlet Program Updated Progress Report:  April 2012 - Re-Issued May 14, 2012
"Criminals, like legitimate enterprises, adapt to the rhythms of supply and demand.  Unfortuneately, when the legitimate suppliers fall short of fulfilling consumer demand,  crooks rush in to fill the void.  This age-old pattern has come to light amidst the current prescription drug shortages."  Read more in this report from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP): Download NABP Internet Drug Outlet Report_April 2012:_Re-issued_May 2012.

Illegal Online Drug Sellers? How to Stop Them
The vast majority of internet destinations that look like pharmacies are fraudulent or fake.  Read more: Illegal Online Drug Sellers? How to Stop Them. 

SOPA Could Help Feds Close Illegal Online Pharmacies
Congressional leaders have stalled work on a bill (SOPA and PIPA) to combat Internet piracy amid charges of censorship. But there are provisions in the bill that could give law enforcement the tools necessary to crack down on illegal online pharmacies. Read more: SOPA Could Help Feds Close Illegal Online Pharmacies.

It's 'Buyer Beware' When Getting Statins Off the Internet
Thursday, Feb. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Be wary of buying the cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins on the Internet, British researchers say.  Read more: It's 'Buyer Beware' When Getting Statins Off the Internet. 

Online Fake Pill Sales Dangerously Rampant
Recently, the Federal Drug Administration shut down a number of websites that purported to sell drugs for heart disease, epilepsy and anxiety. They listed for sale more than 40 prescription drugs, including Depakote, Zoloft, Lipitor and Xanax -- all turned out to be fakes.  Read more: Online fake pill sales dangerously rampant.

Stoughton Nurse Convicted of Illegally Distributing Prescription Drugs and International Money Laundering
Following a two-week trial, a Stoughton woman was convicted Monday in federal court of illegally distributing prescription drugs and international money laundering. Read more: Stoughton Nurse Convicted of Illegally Distributing Prescription Drugs and International Money Laundering.

Jailed Con Artist Describes Role in Google Case
When federal investigators decided to look into whether Google Inc. was letting rogue pharmacies from overseas target American consumers with advertising, they turned to a convicted con artist with experience pushing pills on the Internet.  Read more: Jailed con artist describes role in Google case. 

Peddling Poison: The Counterfeit Drug Problem in America
The Partnership for Safe Medicines released a video about the recent conviction of counterfeit drug seller Manuel Calvelo on youtube.  See video: Peddling Poison: The Counterfeit Drug Problem in America.

Online Pharmacies: Is it Safe to Buy From Sites Outside US?
In all, the NABP found only a fraction of the online pharmacies reviewed - just over 3 percent - appear to be legitimate.  See video: Online pharmacies: Is it safe to buy from sites outside US?

Warning for Consumers When Purchasing Drugs Online
Little Rock, Ark. (KTHV) -- When it comes to paying for prescription drugs, the costs can add up. Several websites offer these drugs at discounted prices, but there are some things to know before doing so.  See video:  Warning for consumers when purchasing drugs online.

Overdose of Internet Drugs Killed Talented Student, 18
A Teenager who became stressed about his A-level exams died after overdosing on tablets he bought on the internet, an inquest heard. The inquest heard the 18-year-old had secretly bought two tubs of pills used for travel sickness, nausea and, unofficially, for sleep deprivation from an online company based in the United States.  Read more: Overdose of internet drugs killed talented student, 18.

Always buy Lipitor from a Licensed Bricks and Mortar Pharmacy or VIPPS-Certified Online Pharmacy
Many consumers may think that having a generic version of Lipitor means they don't have to be vigilant either about taking the drug or where they get it from, when in fact both are just as true. Read more: Always buy Lipitor from a Licensed Bricks and Mortar Pharmacy or VIPPS-Certified Online Pharmacy.

Online Vaccines Available from Suspect Sources
Vaccines in short supply are suspiciously plentiful online. More than 83% of the online vendors, however, have made the "Not Recommended Site" list of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. Read more: Online vaccines available from suspect sources

Two British Residents Sentenced for Fake Medicine Crime
The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) of Great Britain announced the sentencing of two counterfeit drug salesman apprehended in Britain as the result of a successful sting operation of their online medicine website. Read more: Two British Residents Sentenced for Fake Medicine Crime.

Four Arrested for Selling Controlled Drugs Abroad
Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) sleuths arrested four pharmaceutical distributors for supplying controlled medicines through couriers to USA, Canada and European countries.  Read more: Four arrested for selling controlled drugs abroad.

National Crime Prevention Council campaign warning patients about illegal online drug sellers
The traffic in counterfeit drugs poses a grave threat to all Americans—and people everywhere.  Read more: Fake Drugs Are Bad Medicine.

Fox News video: Is it safe to buy medication from online pharmacy sites outside U.S.?  
Local doctors answer if it is safe to purchase prescription medications using websites.  Click here to view.

Internet Drug Outlet Identification Program Progress Report: October 2011
This report states, "Counterfeiters and rogue sellers take advantage of patient confidence in trusted brands to sell pills that may contain too much or too little, if any, of the approved drug’s active ingredient, an entirely different active ingredient, or contaminants ranging from talcum powder to printer ink."  Read more in the October 2011 report from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP): Download NABP Internet Drug Outlet Report Oct 2011

ASOP speaks at the Partnership for Safe Medicines Interchange
Washington (October 27, 2011). Libby Baney, advisor to the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies and Vice President at B&D Consulting, spoke about illegal online drug sellers at the Partnership for Safe Medicines Interchange today. On behalf of ASOP, Baney participated on the “Combating Drug Counterfeiting & Sales” panel along with Alex Bamiagis, Office of the White House, Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, and Douglas Gansler, Maryland Attorney General.  Download ASOP 2011 Partnership for Safe Medicines Interchange presentation.

Foreign Medicines Poses a Risk to Chronically Ill Americans
The Partnership for Safe Medicines (PSM) released a new report this week, detailing the dangers posed to American patients by opening up the secure and safe U.S. medical supply chain to foreign drugs through importation. Read more: Foreign Medicines Poses a Risk to Chronically Ill Americans.

FDA Efforts Help to Shut Down Nearly 600 Internet Drug Outlets During Operation Pangea IV
Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with regulatory agencies from 81 countries, participated in this year’s International Internet Week of Action (IIWA), a cooperative effort to curb online sales and distribution of counterfeit and illegal medical products. Read more: FDA Efforts Help to Shut Down Nearly 600 Internet Drug Outlets During Operation Pangea IV.

Congress Needs to Shut Down Rogue Websites
Too many websites are being operated by sophisticated pirates for the purpose of stealing America's most innovative and creative products.  Read more: Congress Needs to Shut Down Rogue Websites.

The Dangerous World of Counterfeit Prescription Drugs
Counterfeit prescription pharmaceuticals are a growing trend, widely recognized as a public health risk and a serious concern to public health officials, private companies, and consumers. Read more: The Dangerous World of Counterfeit Prescription.

Pfizer, Pharmacy Group Warn on Counterfeit Drugs
Pfizer Inc. and a pharmacy standards group are teaming to warn consumers about the risks of counterfeit prescription medicines, which endanger the public and take money from both pharmacies and legitimate drugmakers. Read more: Pfizer, Pharmacy Group Warn on Counterfeit Drugs.

51,000 online medicines, drugs seized
More than 51,000 black market medicines and prescription drugs have been seized in the Republic as part of a week-long international operation involving authorities in more than 80 countries. Read more: 51,000 online medicines, drugs seized

Police take down illegal drug websites
Police Police and health watchdogs have taken down around 13,500 illegal online pharmacy websites in a global joint operation that saw the seizure of £5m of unlicensed and counterfeit drugs. Read more: Police take down illegal drug websites.

Illegal online pharmacy network busted
An illegal online pharmacy network used for shipping psychotropic drugs from India to customers in the U.S., Europe and Canada for the last six years has been busted by the Narcotics Control Bureau (Chennai Zonal Unit). Read more: Illegal online pharmacy network busted.

Fake Online Pharmacy Alert Makes the Case for a Closed Medicine Supply
More than ever, American consumers are turning to the Internet to purchase goods at discounted rates. However, the online search for deals has taken a dangerous turn, as consumers look for cheap prescription medicines online at what appear to be legitimate pharmacies.  Read more: Fake Online Pharmacy Alert Makes the Case for a Closed Medicine Supply.

Fake Online "Canadian" Pharmacy Sold Meds Through Trojan Software
A Trojan installed on victims computers, called Win32.Kelihos.b, is responsible for sending spam on behalf of a fake “Canadian pharmacy.”  Read more: Fake Online "Canadian" Pharmacy Sold Meds Through Trojan Software.

Carnegie Mellon's Nicolas Christin Tracks Illegal Online Pharmacies; Evidence of Web Manipulation
A growing number of illegal online pharmacies are flooding the web trying to sell dangerous unauthorized prescriptions, according to a new report from cybersecurity experts at Carnegie Mellon University. Read more: Carnegie Mellon's Nicolas Christin Tracks Illegal Online Pharmacies; Evidence of Web Manipulation.  Report: Measuring and Analyzing Search-Redirection Attacks in the Illicit Online Prescription Drug Trade.

Former White House Advisor Joins Go Daddy’s Fight to “Do the Right Thing!”
Former Obama policy advisor and powerhouse D.C. attorney Andrew Kline is joining Go Daddy to help in the fight to "do the right thing" when it comes to the Internet and keeping it safe for users all around the world.  Read more: Former White House Advisor Joins Go Daddy’s Fight to “Do the Right Thing!"

Spam Sells Drugs From Fake Pharmacies and Infects Computers Too
Even without purchasing online, medicine spam can contain links to malware or the installation of executable files with viruses and Trojans.  Read more: Spam Sells Drugs From Fake Pharmacies and Infects Computers Too.

National IPR Center takes down drug counterfeiters
Counterfeit drugs have hit the market. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) doesn’t take counterfeit drugs lightly. Read more: National IPR Center takes down drug counterfeiters

Fake Twitter Notifications Masquerades Pharma Site
Security experts from Sophos have cautioned against the threat to users from fake notifications from Twitter... Read more: Fake Twitter Notifications Masquerades Pharma Site.

Fake Morning After Pill Maybe In U.S. FDA Warns Public; Stay Protected
There is a fake "morning after" pill on the market and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning the public about it.  Read more: Fake Morning After Pill Maybe In U.S. FDA Warns Public; Stay Protected.

Public Health Alert: NABP Progress Report Shows 85% of Fake Online Drug Outlets Don’t Require Valid Prescriptions
These days, buying prescription drugs from the Internet is easy, but finding a safe source for those medicines is not.  Read more: Public Health Alert: NABP Progress Report Shows 85% of Fake Online Drug Outlets Don’t Require Valid Prescriptions.

Drug Spam Finds Easy Target in US Patients
Americans are more likely than patients in other countries to treat serious illnesses with drugs purchased from rogue online pharmacies. Read more: Drug Spam Finds Easy Target in US.

Thriving Underground Website Anonymously Markets Illegal Drugs
The Silk Road website uses an anonymous browser, untraceable currency, shifting servers and an encrypted web address to allow for a thriving illegal drug trade on the Internet. Read more: Thriving Underground Website Anonymously Markets Illegal Drugs.

Beware of online drug 'fine' extortion
According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, criminals posing as DEA agents or other law enforcement officers are hitting victims with an international extortion scheme.  Read more: Beware of online drug 'fine' extortion.

Feds should shut down websites selling prescription drugs without a prescription, says Sen. Schumer
It's time for the feds to pull the plug on websites that sell prescription drugs without a prescription, Sen. Chuck Schumer said. Read more: Feds should shut down websites selling prescription drugs without a prescription...

Cybercriminals are Already Exploiting Google's Answer to Facebook
Sophos has reported that spammers are sending out bogus Google+ invitations which in fact link to online pharmacies. Read more: Cybercriminals are Already Exploiting Google's Answer to Facebook.

Owner of Rogue Pharmacy Network Arrested for Employing Hackers
The co-owner of a rogue online pharmacy affiliate network has been arrested for allegedly hiring a hacker to attack a rival payment processing company. Read more:  Owner of Rogue Pharmacy Network Arrested for Employing Hackers.

All the drugs you want – and not a prescription in sight
The internet makes it easy for anyone with a credit card to buy generic or regular meds from pharmacies overseas. Read more:  All the drugs you want – and not a prescription in sight.

FDA warns of fraudulent online pharmacy website
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA‚ has issued a warning about online pharmacies, a number of which sell fraudulent and unregulated medicines. Read more: FDA warns of fraudulent online pharmacy.

Online Pharmacy Network Tied to Russian Mob and Corrupt Police
The online pharmacy spam in your email is probably coming from an online pharmacy organization with close links to organized crime and corrupt police in Russia. Read more: Online Pharmacy Network Tied to Russian Mob and Corrupt Police.

Internet drugs linked to deaths
GARDAÍ have issued a stark warning about the use of counterfeit prescription drugs following the death of two men who are believed to have overdosed accidentally. Read more: Internet drugs linked to deaths.

Online Pharmacy Owner Sentenced to 7 Years in Fake Drug Distribution Conspiracy
"An online pharmacy owner, operating out of Texas, was sentenced to seven years in federal prison for trafficking and attempting to traffic in counterfeit medicine..." Read more:  Online Pharmacy Owner Sentenced to 7 Years in Fake Drug Distribution.

Senators ask Justice Dept. to shut down online drug market
"Democratic Sens. Charles Schumer (N.Y.) and Joe Manchin (W.Va.) are asking the Justice Department to shut down an online market where users can purchase illegal and prescription drugs anonymously." Read more: Senators ask Justice Dept. to shut down online drug market.

PSM Calls on Top Online Ad Sellers to Refuse Ads from Rogue Online Pharmacies
"Rogue online pharmacies are increasingly peddling their wares to unsuspecting Americans through online advertising and social networks, putting the health of Americans at risk." Read more: PSM Calls on Top Online Ad Sellers to Refuse Ads from Rogue Online Pharmacies

Rogue Internet Pharmacy Owner Gets 48 Months in Prison, Canadian Partner is a Fugitive
"On June 3, 2011, an internet pharmacy owner that solid misbranded and counterfeit drugs, as well as controlled substances, was sentenced to 48 months in federal prison." Read more: Rogue Internet Pharmacy Owner Gets 48 Months in Prison, Canadian Partner is a Fugitive.

‘Rogue’ Websites Targeted in Bill Passed by Senate Panel
"Legislation aimed at combating “rogue” websites that sell pirated content won unanimous approval from a U.S. Senate panel before being blocked by a senator opposed to certain provisions in the bill." Read more: 'Rogue’ Websites Targeted in Bill Passed by Senate Panel.

Closter, New Jersey Couple Pleads Guilty For Selling Counterfeit Prescription Drugs Manufactured In India
"A husband and wife from Closter, N.J., admitted to selling counterfeit prescription drugs manufactured in India to customers in the United States..." Read more: Closter, New Jersey Couple Pleads Guilty For Selling Counterfeit Prescription Drugs Manufactured In India.

Buying 'Legal Highs' from the Internet Is a Risky Business
"Many drugs sold as ‘legal highs’ on the internet do not contain the ingredients they claim. Some instead contain controlled substances and are illegal to sell over the internet."  Read more: Buying 'Legal Highs' from the Internet Is a Risky Business.

High-Speed Internet Is Fast Track to Rx Drug Abuse
"A new study says that the widespread increase in access to high-speed Internet connections could also be directly connected to a growth in prescription drug abuse..."  Read more: High-speed internet is fast track to Rx drug abuse.

 

NABP: 94% of Online Pharmacies are Not Safe for Consumers
"As of March 4, 2011, NABP conducted reviews of 7,541 internet pharmacies and discovered that 7,234 of them were noncompliant with state and federal laws, as well as NABP patient safety and pharmacy practice standards..." Read more:  NABP: 94% of Online Pharmacies are Not Safe for Consumers.

 

Rogue Pharmacies Using Facebook To Hook Victims
"Rogue pharmacies are now advertising by using Facebook’s social networking interface..." Read More: Rogue Pharmacies Using Facebook To Hook Victims.

Senator Leahy Reintroduces Bill Targeting Rogue Websites
"Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., reintroduced legislation on Thursday aimed at curbing online piracy and counterfeiting, particularly from websites based offshore..."  Read more: Leahy Reintroduces Bill Targeting Rogue Websites.

Internet tied to growth in U.S. prescription drug abuse
"Access to rogue online pharmacies may be driving a rapid increase in the abuse of prescription drugs like powerful painkillers..."  Read more:  Internet tied to growth in U.S. prescription drug abuse.

Internet Drug Outlet Identification Program Progress Report: April 2011
This report states: "Prescription drugs remain among the most commonly abused substances and are frequently involved in accidental poisonings. In cases involving counterfeit medications, one might say the poisonings are quite intentional – on the part of the seller..." Read more in the April 2011 report from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP): Download NABP Internet Drug Outlet Report_April 2011

Copyright cops hunting Web pirates
"Federal agents at a command center in Crystal City work their computers hunting down industry-supplied leads about online copyright violations." Read more: Copyright cops hunting Web pirates

Senate Judiciary to consider drug counterfeiting
"The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Monday his panel would take up legislation to combat counterfeiting in response to a “60 Minutes” probe that found tens of thousands of fake prescription pills enter the U.S. each year."  Read More:  Senate Judiciary to consider drug counterfeiting

Concrete Steps Congress Can Take to Protect America's Intellectual Property
"The theft of American innovation costs jobs and imperils economic growth."  Read more: Concrete Steps Congress Can Take to Protect America's Intellectual Property

ICE Increasingly Concerned About Counterfeit Drugs
"Counterfeit drugs have become a rising concern for Imigration and Customs Enforcement."  Read more: ICE Increasingly Concerned About Counterfeit Drugs

Consumer Health: Internet Drug Scams Can Make You Sick
"Industry experts say a dismal economy is pushing more consumers to seek out prescription drugs on the Internet. But claims of deep discounts are often red flags that the site is bogus, and what you end up receiving in the mail could very well be counterfeit, stolen or even contaminated." Read more:  CONSUMER HEALTH: Internet Drug Scams Can Make You Sick

Customs Officers Seize Counterfeit Viagra, Other ED Drugs at Kennedy Airport
Federal customs authorities seized thousands of counterfeit erectile dysfunction pills at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Read more:  Customs Officers Seize Counterfeit Viagra, Other ED Drugs at Kennedy Airport.

Don’t underestimate the danger of drugs from abroad
Governments and medical professionals alike simply need to do a better job of educating the public about the dangers of unregulated online pharmacies. Read more of Bryan Laing's commentary: Don’t underestimate the danger of drugs from abroad.

Chemistry lecturer planned to flood market with fake sex-enhancing drugs
A university lecturer planned to flood the market with fake sex-enhancing drugs, the Old Bailey heard today.  Read more: Chemistry lecturer planned to flood market with fake sex-enhancing drugs Read more: Chemistry lecturer planned to flood market with fake sex-enhancing drugs

European Union Prepares to Tackle Counterfeit Drugs
European legislators are preparing new measures to clamp down on the sale of counterfeit drugs and to warn the public of the dangers of buying unauthorized drugs on the internet.  Read more: European Union Prepares to Tackle Counterfeit Drugs

Online sales of fake drugs targeted
Online sales of fake drugs have become the target of an intellectual property rights violation crackdown.  Read more: Online Sales of Fake Drugs Targeted in China 

Internet Pharmacy Extorted $85,000 from Missouri Victim in DEA Impersonation Scam
The United States Attorney’s Office has indicted eleven Dominicans involved in a criminal conspiracy to threaten and extort money from American internet pharmacy customers by impersonating government agents.  Read more: Internet Pharmacy Extorted $85,000 from Missouri Victim in DEA Impersonation Scam.

Internet Pharmacy Owner Pleads Guilty to Selling Fake Drugs in US Court
A Belgian citizen, Manuel Calvelo, has pleaded guilty to operating an internet pharmacy that sold $1.4 million worth of misbranded and counterfeit drugs as well as controlled substances in U.S.  Read more:  Internet Pharmacy Owner Pleads Guilty to Selling Fake Drugs in US Court

Internet Drug Outlet Identification Program Progress Report: January 2011
This report states: "The year 2010 opened with numerous hazards to patient safety in the form of counterfeit and substandard prescription medications, among other health risks associated with the illicit trade of dangerous drugs over the Internet." Read more in the January 2011 report from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP): Download NABP Internet Drug Outlet Report_Jan 2011

Internet Drug Outlet Identification Program Progress Report:  October 2010
This report states:  "The threat that rogue Internet drug outlets pose to the public health gained worldwide attention in recent weeks, as regulators and stakeholders across the globe joined forces to thwart criminals profiting from counterfeit medications."  Read more in the October 2010 report from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP):  Download NABP Internet Drug Outlet Report_Oct 2010

Internet Drug Outlet Identification Program Progress Report: August 2010
This report states: " While the Internet remains a potentially dangerous place to purchase prescription medicines, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) continues to move forward with state and federal regulators and other stakeholders to diminish the threat that rogue Web sites pose to patient health."  Read more in the August 2010 report from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP): Download NABP Internet Drug Outlet Report_Aug 2010

CNN News Report
CNN reports on federal investigation of a company providing prescription drugs over the internet without a valid prescritption.  Read more: Feds begin crackdown on on-line pharmacies

Pew Prescription Project:  America's Attitudes on Prescription Drug Safety
Key findings from a nationwide survey of voters conducted March 29, 2010 through April 1, 2010: http://www.prescriptionproject.org/tools/initiatives_resources/files/Drug-Safety-Poll-Findings-2.pdf USA Today article highlighting survey results: http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2010-08-03-recall03_ST_N.htm 

Internet Drug Outlet Identification Program Progress Report: June 2010
This report states: " Against a backdrop of some 96% of Internet drug outlets selling prescription drugs unlawfully, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) is pleased to report a few steps forward in making the Internet a safer place for patients to buy prescription medications. As of June 7, 2010, drug sellers seeking to advertise in the United States through any of the three major search engines must be accredited through the Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice SitesCM (VIPPSCM) program."  Read more in this June 2010 report from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP): Download NABP Internet Drug Outlet Identification Program Report_June10

Internet Drug Outlet Identification Program Progress Report: April 2010
This report states: "The proliferation of rogue Web sites posing as legitimate pharmacies, selling prescription drugs without adequate patient safety or medication quality standards, has exacerbated several public health threats. Prescription drug abuse has soared, as have accidental overdoses, and injuries associated with counterfeit medications, not to mention identity theft and computer malware attacks.  ...The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) is pleased to work with one search engine that has changed its policies to prevent these rogue sites from participating in its advertising program."  Read more in this April 2010 report from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP):  Download NABP Internet Drug Outlet Identification Program Report_Apr_2010

Rogues and Registrars
This report states: "The Internet is sometimes said to be the 'Wild West' - a place without any rules.  In this report, we examine how Domain Name Registrars - companies that are supposed to follow those rules -  responded when put to the test."  Read more in this May 4, 2010 report by LegitScript and Knujon:  http://www.legitscript.com/download/Rogues-and-Registrars-Report.pdf

Analysis of Yahoo! Internet Pharmacy Online Advertisements
From the authors: "This report reviews Yahoo!’s Internet pharmacy advertisements and overall approach to Internet pharmacy verification. Our analysis indicates that Yahoo!’s online advertising program is being compromised by 'rogue' Internet pharmacies that violate US federal and state laws as well as Yahoo!’s stated policies." Read more in this August 18, 2009 report by LegitScript  and Knujon:  http://www.legitscript.com/YahooRxAnalysis.pdf     

No Prescription Required: Bing.com Prescription Drug Ads
From the authors: "This report examines how Microsoft’s online advertising program enables “rogue” Internet pharmacies that violate US federal and state laws as well as Microsoft’s stated policies."  Read more in this August 18, 2009 report by  LegitScript and Knujon:   http://www.legitscript.com/BingRxReport.pdf  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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