Internet Pharmacies: Rogue Sites and Safety Measures



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Edited by I Leslie Rubin, Robert J Geller, Abby Mutic, Benjamin A Gitterman, Nathan Mutic, Wayne Garfinkel, Claire D Coles, Kurt Martinuzzi, and Joav Merrick


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The Internet offers consumers a convenient method for purchasing drugs that is sometimes cheaper than buying from traditional brick-and-mortar pharmacies. According to a recent FDA survey, nearly 1 in 4 adult U.S. Internet consumers have purchased prescription drugs online. However, many Internet pharmacies are fraudulent enterprises that offer prescription drugs without a prescription and are not appropriately licensed. These rogue Internet pharmacies may sell drugs that are expired, improperly labeled or are counterfeits of other drugs. A number of federal and state agencies share responsibility for administering and enforcing laws related to Internet pharmacies, including state boards of pharmacy, FDA, DOJ, CBP, and ICE.

The Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act directed the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to report on problems with Internet pharmacies. This book identifies (1) how rogue sites violate federal and state laws, (2) challenges federal agencies face in investigating and prosecuting operators, (3) efforts to combat rogue Internet pharmacies and (4) efforts to educate consumers about the risks of purchasing prescription drugs online. (Imprint: Novinka )


Internet Pharmacies: Federal Agencies and States Face Challenges Combating Rogue Sites, Particularly Those Abroad

Counterfeit Pharmaceutical Inter-Agency Working Group Report to the Vice President of the United States and to Congress

Buying Drugs Online: It's Convenient and Private, but Beware of 'Rogue Sites'
(John Henkel, U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

Buying Prescription Medicine Online: A Consumer Safety Guide
(U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

BeSafeRx: Know Your Online Pharmacy Frequently Asked Questions
(U.S. Food and Drug Administration)


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