1 in 6 Americans bought prescription drugs online without Rx

An estimated 36 million Americans, or one in six people, have purchased prescription drugs online without a doctor’s prescription, according to research presented by The Partnership at Drugfree.org and funded by the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies, (ASOP), consisting of The Partnership at Drugfree.org, the American Pharmacists Association, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, Eli Lilly and Co., LegitScript, Merck and NeedyMeds. The nonprofit group noted that illegal online drug sellers — also known as rogue Internet pharmacies — expose millions consumers to the dangers of taking counterfeit and unapproved medications. Eleven companies have come together voluntarily to create a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving public health and safety by targeting illegal online drug sellers. The companies include American Express, eNom, Inc., Go Daddy, Google, MasterCard, Microsoft, Neustar, Network Solutions, PayPal, Visa and Yahoo. Unlike legitimate pharmacies that offer consumers the option of ordering doctor- prescribed medications over the Internet, rogue Internet drug sellers pose as legitimate web sites that offer prescription medicine for sale without a prescription — making it easy for people to unknowingly obtain potentially dangerous fake, substandard or unapproved drugs. Drugs sold on rogue web sites often aren't the same as medicines they can get from a legitimate pharmacy and may be ineffective or harmful. "The Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies plans to procure additional research to gain insights into why consumers buy online, what kinds of medicines they buy, and why some consumers perceive the risks while others don't.
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