US verification program for Internet pharmacies
2 June 2008
LegitScript LLC has launched an Internet pharmacy verification and
information service. The service, which is free to consumers and
pharmacies in the US, includes a search engine that allows users to
determine whether an online pharmacy meets standards of quality and safe
Its aim is to help United States residents ensure that
pharmaceuticals purchased online are authentic and distributed in
accordance with relevant laws and safety regulations.
The company says that the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy
which represents all State Boards of Pharmacy in the United States,
recognizes LegitScript's Internet pharmacy verification standards.
LegitScript.com's search engine currently contains some information
about 500 Internet pharmacies. Of those, 325 are identified as not
meeting LegitScript Internet pharmacy verification standards, fifteen
are approved, and the rest are under review.
"Rogue online pharmacies are a major source of illicit prescription
drugs, but there are also numerous online pharmacies that are legal and
safe," said John Horton, LegitScript founder and President. "Our goal is
to help Americans tell the difference."
Calvina Fay, Executive Director of the Drug Free America Foundation
said, "Prescription drug abuse is a serious and emerging drug threat,
especially to our nation's youth. Internet pharmacy verification is an
important step in making the Internet a safer environment for our
Horton said that online pharmacy verification is free for pharmacies
that comply with the company's standards. "We will not approve online
pharmacies that hire doctors to write prescriptions without ever meeting
the patient face-to-face — a disturbing and potentially dangerous
practice," said Horton. Canadian, other foreign, and
"no-prescription-required" Internet pharmacies are likewise ineligible.
Horton urged consumers to use LegitScript's interactive feature for
reporting 'rogue' online pharmacies that target children, engage in
fraud or send out spam email.
Later this year, the website will add a prescription drug price
comparison tool, and information about insurance and health plans
accepted by approved Internet pharmacies.
According to US government statistics, prescription drug abuse is now
the nation's second-most serious drug problem, ahead of cocaine, heroin
and methamphetamine, and behind only marijuana in the sheer number of
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