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 its launch in 2012, CSIP has been committed to raising public awareness about the potentially life-threatening problems associated with illicit online pharmacies and counterfeit medications purchased through these illegal enterprises. More recently, in the wake of the ongoing crisis of opioid and pharmaceutical addiction in the United States, we are working closely with concerned organizations, such as the Partnership for Drug Free Kids, to educate consumers and others on vital addiction support and other related resources.
These and other efforts have had a substantial impact on the national conversation regarding the need for ensuring consumer safety in access to online pharmacies and medications they can trust. Below are some key indicators of how CSIP has participated in the important work of engaging consumers, organizations, and others in the important ongoing effort to ensure safe online access to legitimate pharmaceuticals.
August 18, 2017 – The Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies (CSIP) is pleased to announce the addition of dotHealth to their executive board. CSIP companies work together to protect consumers from the dangers of fake online pharmacies through collaboration with law enforcement, promotion of corporate citizenship and consumer education. Read More
The Triad Business Journal, Greensboro, NC, featured a commentary by Charles Rhodes, M.D., President of the North Carolina Academy of Family Physician on the importance of being aware of fake online pharmacies. The rise of health care costs and the challenges of navigating the health insurance landscape are impacting the care that physicians can provide their patients.
According to Dr. Rhodes, “The medical community has seen tragic consequences for patients who have consumed poisonous fake medicines, and in other cases, patients who unknowingly ordered from a fake online pharmacy were taking placebo pills — which meant they were not getting the life-saving drugs they intended to be taking.”
His article highlighted how the the Academy of Family Physicians joined the council of the Verify Before You Buy campaign led by CSIP and the North Carolina Secretary of State. The purpose of the endeavor is to “build awareness and safe channels for North Carolinians purchasing prescription drugs online.”
WRAL from Raleigh, North Carolina has featured a story highlighting the recent efforts of VerifyBeforeYouBuy.org, a newly launched website partnership between CSIP, the Secretary of State of North Carolina, and other state stakeholders, which features a search tool where consumers can test their online pharmacy to learn whether it is safe or illegitimate.
The story highlights the efforts of North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall’s first-in-the-nation engagement on this important issue. It reads in part:
North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall has launched a website so consumers can check the legitimacy of an online pharmacy before getting a prescription filled.
VerifyBeforeYouBuy.org is the first site of its kind in the U.S. to keep consumers from getting scammed on prescription drugs. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), 97 percent of online pharmacies are bogus.
To get the word out about potentially dangerous medications, Marshall used a grant from the U.S. Justice Department to develop the site. People can enter the URL of an online pharmacy website, and the site will inform them whether it’s legitimate or not. Read More