Online Pharmacy Safety Legislation Will Protect Americans from Illegitimate Online Drug Sellers

This week, the Online Pharmacy Safety Act – designed to update and enhance U.S. law to protect patients from the growing number of illegitimate and unsafe online drug sellers – was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Rep. Mike Ross (D-AR).  A similar bill was introduced in the Senate late last year by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and John Cornyn (R-TX).  These bills protect Americans looking to buy medications online by helping to ensure access to safe, legitimate and legal online pharmacies.  Specifically, the legislation requires the federal government to compile a public list of all legitimate online pharmacy websites and clarifies the definition of “valid prescription” so that criminal organizations cannot take advantage of the loopholes in the current law.

Research released in 2010 by The Partnership at Drugfree.org and the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP) showed that illegal online drug sellers sold medication to more than thirty-six million people, or one in six Americans, who didn’t have a valid prescription. These staggering numbers brought to light a serious public health problem, made even more troubling by the prevalence of prescription medicine abuse in the U.S.

For more information about this legislation, visit ASOP online, and visit our “Not In My House” page to learn more about how you can prevent prescription medicine abuse in your home.

One Response to Online Pharmacy Safety Legislation Will Protect Americans from Illegitimate Online Drug Sellers

  1. Albuterol | July 26, 2012 at 6:20 am

    In the United States, there are two verification programs for online pharmacies that are recognized by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). One is the Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites Program (VIPPS), which is operated by the NABP and was created in 1999. The Food and Drug Administration refers Internet users interested in using an online pharmacy to the VIPPS program. The other is LegitScript, which as of September 2010 had approved over 340 Internet pharmacies as legitimate and identified over 47,000 “rogue” Internet pharmacies.

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