Archive for July 2011

Filling prescriptions, safely?

Doctors and pharmacists agree that the safest place to purchase medicine is from a brick-and-mortar pharmacy. However, if you are going to buy medicine online, it is important to verify that the online pharmacy is accredited by the National Association of Board of Pharmacists. NABP developed the VIPPS program to help consumers find sources for…


Only 59 of 8,353 Online Pharmacies Meet Proper Criteria

The percentage of “online pharmacies” deemed legitimate through the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy’s accreditation program is staggeringly low. Only 59 of 8,353 online pharmacies – or 0.7% – meet the criteria to be VIPPS-accredited. What are the risks associated with medicines ordered from non-accredited so-called pharmacy sites? Many fake online pharmacies offer foreign,…


44% of Online Pharmacies Sell Foreign or Non-FDA Approved Medicine

If you buy drugs through an “online pharmacy,” there’s a chance that the medicine you receive is not only lacking FDA approval, but actually fake, according to the latest report from NABP. The health and safety risks associated with these counterfeit and non-approved drugs are very real. Right now, this problem is primarily confined to…


FDA Alert: Counterfeit “Morning After Pill” Found in the U.S.

This is a reprint of the FDA Alert. Unapproved emergency birth control medicine possibly in U.S. distribution may be ineffective and unsafe The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning U.S. consumers not to use the emergency birth control medicine labeled as Evital. These products may be counterfeit versions of the “morning after pill”…


Partnership for Safe Medicines Applauds Public Health Alert on Fake Online Pharmacies

Washington, D.C. (July 28, 2011) – Bryan A. Liang, MD, PhD, JD, vice president of the Partnership for Safe Medicines, a non-profit dedicated to curbing counterfeit drugs, today issued the following statement on the public health alert issued today by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy regarding the widespread prevalence of fake online pharmacies.…


NABP Issues Rogue Online Pharmacy Public Health Alert

New Report Shows 85% of Fake Online Drug Outlets Don’t Require Valid Prescription, Fuel Prescription Drug Abuse PSM partner the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), released its latest report on Internet drug outlets and issued a public health alert to warn Americans about the serious dangers associated with medicines purchased through fake online pharmacies. Their…


Public Health Alert! Over 3,600 Online Pharmacies Are Selling Non-FDA-Approved Medicine

In an effort to raise public awareness about the dangers of medicines purchased through fake pharmacies online, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) today issued a rare “public health alert.”

A new study by NABP found that 96 percent of 8,000 rogue websites analyzed continue to operate out of compliance with U.S. pharmacy laws, fuel prescription drug abuse, and provide an outlet for counterfeit medicines to enter the U.S. drug supply – all of which significantly endanger the health and safety of Americans. Most of these sites will sell without a valid prescription and 3,687 offer non-FDA-approved drugs. They could be selling dangerous counterfeit medicines that may contain toxic ingredients or not enough of the active ingredient to do what the medicine is supposed to do.

In the announcement of the alert, NABP warned, “The fake online pharmacy crisis has reached an epidemic level, they prey on prescription drug abusers and the most vulnerable members of society who rely on medicine every day for their health. They offer easy access to potent medicines without a prescription and indiscriminately push dangerous counterfeit drugs.


Arsenic and Floor Polish Found in Some Counterfeit Medicine

Did you know that some ingredients found in counterfeit medicines include arsenic, floor polish, nickel, and other potentially harmful elements? They are made to look real, but often are not anything like the real medicine. Learn more by clicking here. Do we really want these counterfeit meds crossing our borders and infecting our drug supply?…


E-pedigree: Effective Safety Efforts Too Important to Rush

The pharmacy board met on March 25 in San Diego to consider whether or not it is necessary to move the deadline to implement an electronic pedigree system back to 2011. The law’s intent to protect the consumer against counterfeits is sound. However, technological and other practical realities must be taken into account. Thankfully, the…