CSIP and its partner organizations sometimes contribute articles about the problems and issues posed by illicit online pharmacies in various media outlets. Various news and information organizations also report on the work of CSIP. This page contains collections of articles written by CSIP staff or partners about the organization, as well as stories about CSIP from the media.
The Triad Business Journal, Greensboro, NC, featured a commentary by Charles Rhodes, M.D., President of the North Carolina Academy of Family Physician on the importance of being aware of fake online pharmacies. The rise of health care costs and the challenges of navigating the health insurance landscape are impacting the care that physicians can provide their patients.
According to Dr. Rhodes, “The medical community has seen tragic consequences for patients who have consumed poisonous fake medicines, and in other cases, patients who unknowingly ordered from a fake online pharmacy were taking placebo pills — which meant they were not getting the life-saving drugs they intended to be taking.”
His article highlighted how the the Academy of Family Physicians joined the council of the Verify Before You Buy campaign led by CSIP and the North Carolina Secretary of State. The purpose of the endeavor is to “build awareness and safe channels for North Carolinians purchasing prescription drugs online.”
WRAL from Raleigh, North Carolina has featured a story highlighting the recent efforts of VerifyBeforeYouBuy.org, a newly launched website partnership between CSIP, the Secretary of State of North Carolina, and other state stakeholders, which features a search tool where consumers can test their online pharmacy to learn whether it is safe or illegitimate.
The story highlights the efforts of North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall’s first-in-the-nation engagement on this important issue. It reads in part:
North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall has launched a website so consumers can check the legitimacy of an online pharmacy before getting a prescription filled.
VerifyBeforeYouBuy.org is the first site of its kind in the U.S. to keep consumers from getting scammed on prescription drugs. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), 97 percent of online pharmacies are bogus.
To get the word out about potentially dangerous medications, Marshall used a grant from the U.S. Justice Department to develop the site. People can enter the URL of an online pharmacy website, and the site will inform them whether it’s legitimate or not. Read More
WNCN from Raleigh, North Carolina has featured a story highlighting the recent efforts of a partnership with CSIP to make residents of the state more aware of online pharmacy safety through VerifyBeforeYouBuy.org, a newly launched website which features a search tool where consumers can test their online pharmacy to learn whether it is safe or illegitimate.
The story reads in part:
“The FDA Believes 97 percent of pharmacies online are rogue pharmacies that are not what they say they are,” says North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall.
These rogue pharmacies use tactics like sending customers’ placebos and pills with minimal amounts of the active ingredient, as well as more directly harmful methods like sending pills containing toxic or otherwise dangerous components. Read More