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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Verify Your Pharmacy

Make safe online health purchases CSIP has partnered with and other private and public organizations to ensure that you make safe online health purchases. Use the resources below to verify the website address of an online pharmacy and determine … Continue reading 

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Report Suspicious Activity

Help Us Keep You Safe The Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies is proud to support the efforts of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to end illegitimate drug sellers online.  If you have concerns about a website or drug seller, … Continue reading 

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Education Campaign

  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. CSIP … Continue reading 

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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 and other … Continue reading