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LegitScript Named a Top Workplace for 2019

We’re pleased to announce that LegitScript has been named a 2019 Top Workplace in Oregon, an honor it has held three previous times, including last year. The award, which is issued by The Oregonian, is determined by feedback collected from anonymous employee surveys and analyzed by an independent third party.  LegitScript was one of only…

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E-money: A Case Study of Human Trafficking (Part 2)

In Part 1 of our series, we discussed electronic money and the rules that have allowed e-money institutions to flourish in the European Union with less regulations than banks. This week, we look at an example of how these European businesses have real and widespread influence on criminal operations in the US.   A Haven…

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E-money: How Payment Complexity in Europe Facilitates Cybercrime in the US (Part 1)

Although electronic money has been around for decades, advancements in technology and new ways of processing payments are making it easier than ever to digitally store, send, and receive money. On the backend, however, e-money processing can be surprisingly complex, as transactions often pass through multiple entities to get from sender to receiver. It’s this…

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Why Are Supplement Ingredient Names So Confusing?

Have you ever heard of 1-(4-hydroxybenzyl)-1,2,3,4-tetrahydroisoquinoline-6,7-diol or 4-[2-(dimethylamino)ethyl]phenol? Probably not. How about higenamine or hordenine? That may be more likely, but did you know that 1-(4-hydroxybenzyl)-1,2,3,4-tetrahydroisoquinoline-6,7-diol and higenamine are actually the same ingredient? The same is true for 4-[2-(dimethylamino)ethyl]phenol and hordenine.  Ingredient names can be confusing because manufacturers don’t always follow guidelines set by the…

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New Supplement Website Certification Program Helps Sellers Reduce Advertising and E-commerce Disruptions

We’re pleased to announce today LegitScript’s newest certification program — one to certify the websites of dietary supplement sellers as a way for them to demonstrate credibility and regulatory compliance. Now, all US supplement manufacturers, resellers, and affiliates can apply through LegitScript to certify that their websites have been reviewed for problematic products, ingredients, and…

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LegitScript Named an Inc. 5000 Company for 2019

We’re pleased to announce that LegitScript has been named an Inc. 5000 company by Inc. magazine for 2019. This designation establishes LegitScript as one of America’s most successful businesses. The 2019 Inc. 5000 list is a compilation of this year’s fastest-growing privately held companies in the US. Companies are ranked according to percentage revenue growth…

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“Alzheimer’s” on Track to Win LegitScript’s Infamous Yellow Flag Award for 2019

“Alzheimer’s” and related disease terms are on track to be this year’s top impermissible supplement marketing claim, which would earn it the LegitScript Yellow Flag Award for 2019. With four months still left in the year, will “Alzheimer’s” beat last year’s top impermissible claim — “inflammation” — or 2017’s winner, “cancer”? Only time and shady…

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More Than Half of Online Drug Sellers Are Operating Illegally with Respect to Chinese Law and Regulation, New LegitScript and ASOP Global Study Finds

A new report on the Chinese internet pharmacy market by ASOP Global and LegitScript finds that most online drug sellers are operating illegally, and that a noteworthy percentage are illegally offering prescription drugs or controlled substances. The report, titled “The Chinese Internet Pharmacy Market Threat Assessment,” includes new information about the situation in China related…

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Addiction Treatment Certification One Year In: Why It’s More Important Than Ever

LegitScript recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of the launch of our Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment Certification program, and our certification team reflected on both the  lessons and accomplishments of this monumental program. As a member of the customer success team, I see firsthand the value our customers get out of certification. But more importantly,…

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Seizures Related to Vaping Highlight Risk of E-cigarette Merchants

The FDA said this week that it is investigating 127 incidents of people suffering from seizures after vaping. The news highlights the elevated risk e-cigarette products pose for legal violations, and why payment service providers should know about the many types of products and parts related to vaping to better monitor their portfolios.  The FDA’s…

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