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Counterfeit drugs discounting your health?

 Customers purchasing prescription medications through online pharmacies should exercise caution, reports The Diabetes Resource. Some “discount” drugs, like those purchased from fake online pharmacies, are made with inferior active ingredients, altered formulations and even toxic additives. According to a report from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, 96% of online pharmacies analyzed operate outside state and federal laws, and 81% do not require a valid prescription.  

Protect IP Act could shut down fake online “pharmacies”

According to a Washington Post editorial, the Protect IP Act, introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), could protect American consumers against counterfeit medicines. If passed, the proposal would allow the Justice Department to move against any foreign website that infringes on copyright or trademarks – like the rogue online “pharmacies” that sell harmful fake medicines. Ninety-six percent of these purported online pharmacies are known to operate outside of U.S. pharmacy laws, according to the latest study by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. Read the Washington Post’s editorial board’s take on the Act by clicking here.

Source Washington Post

Department of Justice Takes Aim at Fake Online Canadian Pharmacies

The U.S Justice Department is cracking down on illegal online pharmacies; specifically ones that are selling counterfeit medicine to unsuspecting consumers and do not require a prescription. Online pharmacies in Canada must be certified by the Canadian International Pharmacy Association and pharmacies in the United States must be certified by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacies. Look for these seals to ensure your medicine is safe.

Source The New York Times

…Carnegie Mellon research is supported by a public health alert by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) warning Americans about the serious dangers associated with medicines purchased through fake online pharmacies.

A new report from Carnegie Mellon University echoes the findings of the recent NABP report on online pharmacies.  A growing number of illegal online pharmacies are flooding the Web trying to sell dangerous unauthorized prescriptions, according to a new report from cybersecurity experts at CMU. The report release took note of NABP’s Public Health Alert as further evidence of the growing problem. The growing number of fake internet pharmacies provides a global distribution channel for fake or tainted medicines, making it much easier for criminal drug rings to sell their ineffective and harmful products to unsuspecting American parents.  Currently, the United States has a closed system that has been effective in largely preventing counterfeiters from injecting their potential lethal medicine into our medicine supply.   Importation legislation could unintentionally compromise America’s safeguarded, tightly regulated medicine supply chain.

These fake medicines were seized from criminals near Brussels. They represent a small fraction of the estimated $75 billion medicine industry in 2010. These dangerous counterfeit medicines can contain heavy metals such as arsenic, lead-based paint, brick dust or floor wax. Sometimes they contain no active ingredients at all. According to anti-counterfeiting experts, the prevalence of fake drugs has grown “exponentially” on the internet. The World Health Organizations estimates half of all medicines sold online are fake. A recent public health alert issued by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy confirms that American should be aware of the risks associated with medicines purchased through fake online pharmacies. The NABP report found that 96% of the over 8,000 websites analyzed operate out of compliance with U.S. pharmacy laws. Click here to read more.
  
Today, the counterfeit medicine problem is largely outside the U.S. but the risk of more counterfeit drugs entering the U.S. could be heightened if Congress compromises our current closed, protected medicine supply chain by allowing medicine importation.

These fake medicines were seized from criminals near Brussels. They represent a small fraction of the estimated $75 billion medicine industry in 2010. These dangerous counterfeit medicines can contain heavy metals such as arsenic, lead-based paint, brick dust or floor wax. Sometimes they contain no active ingredients at all. According to anti-counterfeiting experts, the prevalence of fake drugs has grown “exponentially” on the internet. The World Health Organizations estimates half of all medicines sold online are fake. A recent public health alert issued by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy confirms that American should be aware of the risks associated with medicines purchased through fake online pharmacies. The NABP report found that 96% of the over 8,000 websites analyzed operate out of compliance with U.S. pharmacy laws. Click here to read more.

  

Today, the counterfeit medicine problem is largely outside the U.S. but the risk of more counterfeit drugs entering the U.S. could be heightened if Congress compromises our current closed, protected medicine supply chain by allowing medicine importation.

Source france24.com

Filling prescriptions, safely?

Doctors and pharmacists agree that the safest place to purchase medicine is from a brick-and-mortar pharmacy. However, if you are going to buy medicine online, it is important to verify that the online pharmacy is accredited by the National Association of Board of Pharmacists. NABP developed the VIPPS program to help consumers find sources for purchasing medicine online safely. To verify an online pharmacy you are considering visit: http://vipps.nabp.net (scroll to bottom and enter URL).

Non-accredited “online pharmacies” are more likely to dispense counterfeit, substandard or tainted medicine. Fortunately, the global counterfeit problem is largely outside the U.S. today, but the risk of more counterfeit drugs entering the U.S. could be heightened if Congress compromises our current closed, protected medicine supply chain by allowing medicine importation.

Fake “Online Pharmacies” Sell Non-FDA-Approved

If you buy drugs through a fake “online pharmacy,” there’s a chance that the medicine you receive could be foreign or non-FDA approved, according to the latest report from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) – which presents a serious health risk.   When you go to a pharmacy and pick up medicines, you can be confident that it is effective, safe, and precisely what the doctor prescribed. That’s because FDA-approved and U.S.-regulated medicine has been through an extensive regulatory and oversight process before entering the market, including steps to ensure secure transit from factory to wholesaler, then to the pharmacy, and ultimately into our homes.

 

Some fake medicines have been found to contain toxic, deadly ingredients while others don’t contain enough active ingredients at all to do what the medicine is supposed to do.  Yet if it looks real, how are patients supposed to know the difference?  Fakes have been discovered across a variety of therapeutic categories including asthma, cancer, diabetes, etc. While today the problem today is largely outside the U.S., the risk of more counterfeit drugs entering the U.S. could be heightened if Congress compromises our current closed, protected medicine supply chain by allowing medicine importation. 

Source nabp.net

A new report by the National Association of Pharmacy Boards (NABP) found that 96 percent of 8,000 rogue websites analyzed continue to operate out of compliance with U.S. pharmacy laws, fuel prescription drug abuse, and provide an outlet for counterfeit medicines to enter the U.S. drug supply – all of which significantly endanger the health and safety of Americans.  Most of these sites will sell without a valid prescription and could be selling dangerous counterfeit medicines that may contain toxic ingredients or not enough of the active ingredient to do what the medicine is supposed to do.  While the website might look professional, the places where they make their pills might look like this.  Learn more by clicking here.
Allowing drug importation legislation might unintentionally compromise our closed protected medicine supply chain resulting in a heightened risk of counterfeit medicines entering the U.S.

A new report by the National Association of Pharmacy Boards (NABP) found that 96 percent of 8,000 rogue websites analyzed continue to operate out of compliance with U.S. pharmacy laws, fuel prescription drug abuse, and provide an outlet for counterfeit medicines to enter the U.S. drug supply – all of which significantly endanger the health and safety of Americans.  Most of these sites will sell without a valid prescription and could be selling dangerous counterfeit medicines that may contain toxic ingredients or not enough of the active ingredient to do what the medicine is supposed to do.  While the website might look professional, the places where they make their pills might look like this.  Learn more by clicking here.

Allowing drug importation legislation might unintentionally compromise our closed protected medicine supply chain resulting in a heightened risk of counterfeit medicines entering the U.S.

Source walletpop.ca

Public Health Alert! Over 3,600 Online Pharmacies Are Selling Non-FDA-Approved Medicine

In an effort to raise public awareness about the dangers of medicines purchased through fake pharmacies online, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) today issued a rare “public health alert.” A new study by NABP found that 96 percent of 8,000 rogue websites analyzed continue to operate out of compliance with U.S. pharmacy laws, fuel prescription drug abuse, and provide an outlet for counterfeit medicines to enter the U.S. drug supply – all of which significantly endanger the health and safety of Americans.  Most of these sites will sell without a valid prescription and 3,687 offer non-FDA-approved drugs. They could be selling dangerous counterfeit medicines that may contain toxic ingredients or not enough of the active ingredient to do what the medicine is supposed to do.    

In the announcement of the alert, NABP warned, “The fake online pharmacy crisis has reached an epidemic level, they prey on prescription drug abusers and the most vulnerable members of society who rely on medicine every day for their health. They offer easy access to potent medicines without a prescription and indiscriminately push dangerous counterfeit drugs. This problem poses a clear danger to Americans’ health and safety and weakens the essential relationships between pharmacists and patients.  By issuing a public health alert, we are calling on pharmacists, physicians and other health professionals to educate their patients about the growing public health threat posed by these illegal online enterprises. ”

Read more about this global health risk here.

As indicated by today’s public alert, the health and safety risks associated with fake online pharmacies are very real. Fake medicines peddled by these sites have been found to contain toxic, deadly ingredients while others don’t contain enough active ingredients at all to do what the medicine is supposed to do. While the counterfeit problem is largely outside the U.S. today, the risk of more counterfeit drugs entering the U.S. could be heightened if Congress compromises our current closed, protected medicine supply chain by allowing medicine importation.

Source nabp.net