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Online Pharmacies: Why Transparency is Paramount


Should online pharmacy website owners (“registrants”) be allowed to register the online pharmacy anonymously? Generally, LegitScript won’t approve a online pharmacy if the registration is anonymous, as we explain below.

To back up a bit, when you buy a domain name (e.g., “www.bestpharmacy.com”) you have to provide a name, address, telephone number, email, and so forth, as contact information of the person who controls the website. However, you can make that information anonymous, so that a person checking out who owns the website just sees a generic name and address, or “Privacy Protected.”

This is fine for most websites. But when it comes to pharmacies, one of the first protections offered by brick-and-mortar pharmacies is the ability to walk in the door, know who the pharmacist is, and see that there’s a real, live pharmacy doing a bona fide business. Legitimate Internet pharmacies should offer the same to their customers: the ability to know who really controls the website, and who is accountable if there is a problem with the medication.

As an example, when we verified KidsRx.com, a pediatric online pharmacy, we saw that the website was registered to the actual owner and Pharmacist-in-Charge. That’s great! That helps us, and consumers, know who actually controls the website. And it means that websites like KidsRx.com don’t have anything to hide. By contrast, slyfoxpharmacy.com, which offers prescription drugs without a prescription, is registered anonymously. Could it be…because they don’t want anybody to know who they are?

There are valid reasons for registering some websites anonymously. But not for online pharmacies: in this sector, with your health at stake, accountability is too important. And that’s why LegitScript won’t approve an online pharmacy unless its registration information is complete and accurate.