Rouge Internet Drug Sellers Exploiting Drug Shortage Fears

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), a long-time member of the NCPIE coalition, issued a report to raise awareness about how rogue Internet drugs sites are preying on consumers’ fears about drug shortages. With the most critical shortages involving cancer, antibiotic, nutrition, and electrolyte-imbalance medicines, counterfeiters are taking advantage of a lucrative niche market for fake prescription medicine. A report NABP released today on Internet drug outlets found that 96% of the more than 9,500 Web sites analyzed continue to operate out of compliance with United States pharmacy laws, fuel prescription drug abuse and misuse, and provide an outlet for counterfeit medicines to enter the US drug supply – all of which significantly endanger the health and safety of Americans. NABP has identified several rogue drug sites affiliated with the counterfeit Avastin® scheme that sell unapproved medications from numerous foreign sources to US patients without a valid prescription, putting patients in danger. In addition, NABP has found that rogue Internet drug outlets are exploiting consumers’ concern over prescription drug shortages to spread misinformation and sell counterfeit and substandard drugs, such as erectile dysfunction medications – many of them knockoffs of legitimate brands – that are not in short supply.
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