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.
In a recent blog article for the website CircleID, which deals with issues related to internet infrastructure, Libby Baney, Executive Director of the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP), highlighted the important role internet registries and registrars have in addressing the illegal activities of fraudulent online pharmacies. The article gave tribute to significant efforts on the part of these entities to hold website address registrants responsible if those addresses are being used to support illicit online activities, including the production and distribution of fake medicines.
In particular, Baney noted a recent Sanofi survey, highlighted by CSIP, which reported that 81% of Americans are concerned by illegal online drug sellers and the threat of counterfeit or dangerous medicines. She also noted efforts among CSIP’s registrar members to address the use of website addresses in their registries for illegal purposes:
“The public health threat posed by illegitimate online drug sellers is what brought together three major domain competitors — GoDaddy, Rightside and Neustar — in 2010. Joined by ten other major companies, representing different “chokepoints” in the Internet purchasing chain, the group formed the nonprofit Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies (CSIP). In 2014 alone, CSIP members report taking action on 9.6 million illegitimate pharmacy websites.”
The synthetic drug, “Molly,” has become popular among those prone to drug abuse because it boosts chemicals in the brain to cause euphoric feelings and hallucinations. Drug dealers and internet sellers have marketed Molly as pure MDMA, the main ingredient in ecstasy, but reports have indicated that 80-90% of each instance of the drug is counterfeited, or laced with other drugs such as bath salts, and could be dangerous and deadly. Read More
LYON, France – Nearly 200 enforcement agencies across 111 countries have taken part in Operation Pangea VII targeting criminal networks behind the sale of fake medicines via illicit online pharmacies. The operation led to 237 arrests worldwide and the seizure of nearly USD 36 million worth of potentially dangerous medicines. Read More