The Internet has revolutionized how people share information, interact, and obtain products and services. However, the same platform that has transformed our lives is being used by illegal operators to sell fake medicine that puts lives at risk.
Overview of the Problem
For many U.S. consumers it is second nature to turn to the Internet to conduct business. We shop for everything from houses, cars and electronics to commonplace household items via the Internet. We pay our bills and manage our bank accounts and investment portfolios from our computers. But when it comes to purchasing prescription medications on the Internet, caveat emptor – or let the buyer beware.
All too often, so-called online pharmacy websites ignore the public health, consumer financial data, and privacy laws put in place to protect consumers. Up to 90,000 websites peddling alleged prescription drugs operate on any given day, but studies show that up to 95% of these websites are illegitimate and unsafe
as they fail to abide by laws and patient safety standards, according to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) and LegitScript .
Through CSIP, private sector e-commerce stakeholders endeavor to help curb the proliferation of illegal online drug sellers and promote unencumbered access to safe online pharmacies operating in compliance with the law.
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