Protecting Consumers

Protecting Consumers

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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Getting Results

  Our partners collaborated with us in the production of this educational video for our consumer safety site Verify Before You Buy  which was broadcast in Times Square and other New York City locations in the spring of 2017. Since … Continue reading 

MedicineSafe Campaign

Legacy Tools for Safely Managing Prescription Drugs and Opioid Addiction The opioid crisis has become a public health emergency with more than 110 Americans dying daily from opioid-related overdose. CSIP and the Partnership for Drug Free Kids have worked with … Continue reading 

Verify Before You Buy

Verify Before You Buy

Ver video en español aquí Verify Your Online Pharmacy Before You Buy According to the FDA, 97% of online pharmacies are illegitimate and unsafe. Even experts have difficulty identifying a fake online pharmacy from its website alone. What looks like … Continue reading 

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Save On My Meds

The Smart Way to Save on Prescription Drugs Get the Best Prices on Prescription Drugs We at CSIP have partnered with a growing number of health service organizations to provide a website dedicated to helping consumers find the best options … Continue reading 

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Report Suspicious Activity

Report a Suspected Illicit Online Pharmacy Everyone can be a part of the solution to the problem of illegal online pharmacies. Our partner LegitScript can help consumers, medical professionals and others report online pharmacy websites suspected of the promotion or … Continue reading 

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In 2012, as part of our education campaign, we wanted to create a fresh take on classic PSA videos. The result: a creative, crowdsourced video campaign supported by Tongal. We encourage interested stakeholders to share these videos via social media … Continue reading