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96.1% of internet drug outlets operate out of laws and standards

Staff writer |
The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) issued a report discussing the importance of international collaboration in the fight against illegal online drug sellers.

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As detailed in the internet Drug Outlet Identification Program Progress Report for State and Federal Regulators: October 2015, there is widespread agreement among multiple countries that internet sales of medicinal products pose a health risk to their citizens.

Additionally, authorities have reported an increase in illegitimate internet pharmacies, and many agree that international cooperation is critical to solving this expanding global phenomenon.

NABP remains committed to upholding the integrity of the practice of pharmacy – in any practice setting – and ensuring that patients worldwide have access to safe and effective prescription drugs.

Since 2008, the Association has been collecting data on websites selling medicine illegally online to United States patients.

NABP has reviewed over 11,000 internet drug outlets, finding that 96.1% of the sites reviewed operate out of compliance with US pharmacy laws and practice standards, and identifying these sites as "Not Recommended."

Approximately 88% of Not Recommended sites are selling prescription drugs without requiring a valid prescription. Nearly 50% offer drugs that are either foreign, or not approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

Further, of the 10,588 Not Recommended sites, 90% can be traced to affiliate networks of rogue internet drug outlets.