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.
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
WNCN from Raleigh, North Carolina has featured a story highlighting the recent efforts of a partnership with CSIP to make residents of the state more aware of online pharmacy safety through VerifyBeforeYouBuy.org, a newly launched website which features a search tool where consumers can test their online pharmacy to learn whether it is safe or illegitimate.
The story reads in part:
“The FDA Believes 97 percent of pharmacies online are rogue pharmacies that are not what they say they are,” says North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall.
These rogue pharmacies use tactics like sending customers’ placebos and pills with minimal amounts of the active ingredient, as well as more directly harmful methods like sending pills containing toxic or otherwise dangerous components. Read More
A recent story in the Daily Record (Dunn, NC) featured VerifyBeforeYouBuy.org and the work of CSIP and the North Carolina Secretary of State’s Office. The project aims to help consumers purchase medication safely online and is part of a larger North Carolina effort: The Secretary’s Advisory Council to Combat Counterfeit Medication. This council includes many partners from around the State and is the first of its kind in NC.
“All of the partners advise their members and the public to use the VerifyBeforeYouBuy.org search engine to check out the URL of a site before anyone ever seriously considers placing an order.” Physicians need to work with patients to find affordable and safe sources for purchasing costly (but needed) medication.