The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy earlier this week released a position paper on Internet pharmacies. As the independent, international, and impartial association that assists pharmacy boards in developing, implementing, and enforcing uniform standards for the purpose of protecting the public health, the NABP is in a strong, and influential position to the continuing national conversation on this issue.
Among the concerns noted by the NABP:
- The continuing presence of rogue Internet drug outlets in the search engines’ sponsored search results.
- The inaccuracy and unverifiability of much WhoIs data (meaning, the contact information that a website registrant submits when registering a website), especially for rogue Internet drug outlets.
- The continued willingness of credit card companies to act as the merchant processor for rogue Internet drug outlets.
- The solicitation of domestic pharmacies and pharmacists by rogue Internet drug outlet networks to fill prescription drug orders without requiring a prescription.