CONSUMERS BEWARE — 5,000+ Web Sites Selling Prescription Drugs Outside of Pharmacy Laws & Practice Standards

In December 2009, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) reached a scary milestone in its ongoing review of Web sites selling prescription medications. NABP now lists more than 5,000 Internet drug outlets as “Not Recommended.” These sites 96% of the total number of sites reviewed have been found to be out of compliance with pharmacy laws and practice standards established in the United States to protect the public health. NABP researches Web sites selling prescription drugs and reports its findings to state and federal regulators, and educates health care professionals and the public on the dangers of buying prescription medicines online, thereby empowering patients to make informed choices. Internet pharmacies listed as “Recommended” on the NABP Web site have been accredited by the VIPPS® (Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites) program or, for veterinary sites, the Vet-VIPPS program. These Internet pharmacies have successfully completed NABP’s rigorous 19-point criteria evaluation and on-site inspection to ensure they adhere to the highest standards for pharmacy practice and patient safety. Additional information is on the Internet Pharmacies section of the NABP Web site. See: