The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy also examines the role that fake online pharmacies are playing in distributing counterfeit pain pills laced with fentanyl.
A new report from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) has just been released. Titled “The Internet Drug Outlet Identification Program Progress Report for State and Federal Regulators: July 2016” it details the current dominance of the Internet pharmacy business by questionable actors operating unlicensed pharmacy websites.
The NABP reviewed 11,299 Internet websites offering prescription medication for sale, and discovered that “10,823 (95.8%) were found to be operating out of compliance with state and federal laws and/or NABP patient safety and pharmacy practice standards.”
NABP cited several reasons why a pharmacy site was classified as “Not Recommended” including: based outside US, does not post any address, do not require a valid prescription, issues prescriptions via online consultation, not hosted on a secure site, and site offers controlled substances for sale.
The NABP report also addressed the recent rash of drug overdoses caused by counterfeit pain medications laced with fentanyl. Citing the possibility that these fake medications could be easily purchased online, the note that “in the past eight years, NABP has identified over 1,300 illegally operating websites that sell controlled substances, or 12.6% of the 10,823 identified by NABP to be operating illegally.”
Through their AWARERX campaign, the NABP seeks to assist patients in acquiring the medication they need from safe online sources. For more information, please visit https://awarerx.pharmacy/