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US Registrar Epik Plays Dangerous Game

These days it’s uncommon to encounter a registrar that doesn’t demonstrate the same internet safety and public health values as the majority of the internet community. But once in a while, we come across a registrar that chooses to enable rogue internet pharmacies by allowing them to continue using their domain name services, despite reported […]

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Yet ANOTHER CIPA- and PharmacyChecker-certified internet pharmacy criminally charged for selling bad, non-Canadian medicines

Yet another supposedly “Canadian” internet pharmacy certified by PharmacyChecker and the “Canadian” International Pharmacy Association (CIPA) has been criminally charged with conspiracy to sell unapproved, misbranded drugs and money laundering. According to the DOJ’s press release, the drugs were not really from Canada. This morning, the US Department of Justice announced criminal charges (see the […]

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EFF’s Emerging Alignment With Offshore Internet Pharmacies

The last few years have been challenging ones for members of the Canadian International Pharmacy Association. First, in 2010, they lost their ability to advertise in the US search space after the US Department of Justice noted that many seemingly “Canadian” pharmacy websites “sell drugs obtained from countries other than Canada” when shipping medicines into […]

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Free LegitScript Search: Why We Are Offline For a Few Days

[UPDATE: We went back on line Tuesday. Thanks for your patience! — JCH] I’ve asked our developers to briefly turn off our free public search for rogue internet pharmacies and problematic supplements and other healthcare products, probably for just a few days. I know that many internet users rely on our free search tools to […]

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Top 3 Excuses Registrars Use That Help Enable Rogue Pharmacies

Buckle up! What you are about to read are some of the most common responses we get from (the few remaining) non-responsive registrars when notifying them about rogue internet pharmacies abusing their domain name services. LegitScript provides global internet pharmacy monitoring and verification services that are used by domain name registrars, major search engines, payment […]

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Another One Bites the Dust: ICANN Terminates Nanjing Imperiosus Registrar Accreditation

2017 is alive and kicking. Just last week, Nanjing Imperiosus Technology Co., Ltd. (also known as DomainersChoice.com), an ICANN-accredited registrar, received a Notice of Termination of Accreditation Agreement from ICANN. LegitScript has been monitoring Nanjing Imperiosus for a while now. Nanjing is a registrar  based in China, affiliated with Israeli registrar CommuniGal Communication Ltd., and operated by […]

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After LegitScript Senate Testimony, White House Naughty List Calls Out Rogue Registrar

I was interested to see that earlier today, the White House Trade Representative released its “Notorious Markets” report, which calls out online and physical marketplaces that facilitate widespread counterfeiting or other intellectual property violations. Although the report isn’t intended to highlight other sorts of criminal activity, fake drug sales or pharmacy operations are both an intellectual property […]

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BestKenko, Part V: The (Familiar) Road Ahead

In this blog series, we have explored how BestKenko has thrived as the largest internet pharmacy network targeting Japan, where it is violating the law. It sells and markets unapproved drugs, does not require a valid prescription to purchase prescription drugs, and operates with an opaque and unregulated supply chain. Furthermore, it deceptively presents itself […]

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ベストケンコー 第五章 — 見慣れた道

このブログシリーズでは、ベストケンコーが日本を狙った最大規模の違法オンライン薬局である、ということについて語ってきました。ベストケンコーは、未承認医薬品の広告・販売を行っており、処方箋を求めず処方医薬品を販売しています。そして、不透明な供給先から提供された医薬品を配送しています。さらに、日本での処方箋薬の個人輸入について誤った説明をすることで、日本の消費者にウェブサイトは「合法」であるという認識を植え付けています。 ベストケンコーのネットワークが日本の消費者の健康を犯していることは疑いようがありません。しかし、ベストケンコーの運営は、決して単独で行われているのではありません。ベストケンコーの直接の運営者だけで運営することは不可能なのです。不正ビジネスが成り立つのは、いくつもの企業からの協力を得ているからです。これらの企業とは、未承認医薬品の供給元、決済を提供する決済代行会社や、銀行、そして、法的責任を取ろうとしないドメイン名レジストラなどです。 ベストケンコーは、アメリカ市場を狙った「偽カナダ薬局」の組織に類似しています。Solaris/Candrugなどの組織は「カナダの薬局」と称し、実際はインドなどから薬を仕入れているのにも関わらず、販売する医薬品はカナダの安全基準を満たしているものとして、アメリカの消費者を欺いています。同じように、ベストケンコーは販売している薬がアメリカや日本で未承認なのにも関わらず、アメリカや日本の安全基準を満たしているとしています。更に、ベストケンコーと深く関わっているSAVA GlobalとAlps Pharmacy は、Solaris/Candrugをはじめとする「カナダ薬局」と自称するオンライン薬局の薬の供給元であることが判明しています。

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BestKenko, Pt. IV: Hitting Them Where It Hurts

We’ve explored how BestKenko uses deceptive marketing to allure Japanese consumers into purchasing drugs they think are safe, but actually come from an unregulated supply chain. The next logical question is: How can they be stopped? Let’s consider the essentials that an organization like this needs to operate. They have to maintain a large network […]

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