The Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies strives to stay on top of the latest topics, trends and developments related to counterfeit online medicines and illegitimate internet pharmacies. This page will also be updated with CSIP happenings, as well as news from our founding and ex-officio members. We are particularly grateful to the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP) for continuing to spotlight news related to this important issue.
The North Carolina News and Observer featured CSIP’s launch of VerifyBeforeYouBuy.org, which includes a state council of supporters – the North Carolina Secretary of State, AARP, the Academy of Family Physicians, Health and Human Services, the Chamber of Commerce, the Council of Churches and other advocacy organizations.
The site features a search tool where consumers can test their online pharmacy to learn whether it is safe or illegitimate. This effort is in response to statistics by the FDA and National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, which show that 97% of online pharmacies are fake. The campaign is designed to help create awareness of the prevalence of sophisticated counterfeiters who are targeting innocent consumers and endangering their health and safety.
Organization provides a model for protecting consumers through consumer education and by collaborating with global law enforcement
Washington, D.C. — This week the White House released the U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property, which highlighted the Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies (CSIP) and its board members as a model for private sector efforts to protect consumers from counterfeit medicines online. Since its founding in 2011, CSIP has partnered with global law enforcement to target online criminals, yielding seizure of $81 million of fake medicines. CSIP has also developed consumer education campaigns, including search ads on Google and Bing, that have reached tens of millions of online shoppers, equipping them with tools to buy safely and educating them on the risks associated with illegitimate pharmacies. Read More
CSIP, along with partner Microsoft and event co-organizer Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies Global (ASOP Global) participated in the International Symposium on Drug Supply Chain Security & Combating Counterfeit Drugs held in Beijing on October 28. 2016. The event had over 150 participants with CSIP/ASOP staff noting: “The cross industry partnership panel session went very well and Yang Tao (of the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit) did a great job. His presentation was well received and there was significant audience interaction.” Read More