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Rx-Partners online pharmacy fakes a GPhC seal

In rare instances, the large criminal Internet pharmacy networks are so bold as to rip off the certification seal of the United Kingdom’s General Pharmaceutical Council, which issues the tiny green icons to UK online pharmacies to certify that they comply with UK regulations. (An authentic GPhC seal would usually link to a page on pharmacyregulation.org with the registration details for the business and its associated website.)

Although this isn’t the most egregious example of misappropriation that we’ve seen, we recently ran across the Rx-Partners affiliate website super-pharms.com, which posted the GPhC icon in a static position on the website, so it appears on every page, sometimes adjacent to the statement in the FAQ that drugs sold via super-pharms.com are manufactured in India (an FAQ that, oddly enough, makes no mention of a licensed UK pharmacy).

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The number on this falsified GPhC seal used to belong to Superpharm Store Plc in Berkshire, England, which now has the registration number 1028947 and operates the website superdrug.com. It’s not out of the realm of possibility that the operator of super-pharms.com, who hides behind a privacy-protected domain name registration, went looking for a “super” pharmacy in the UK to match the domain name he or she registered for an Rx-Partners affiliate website, then copied the registration number over to the fake seal. (The only other active online pharmacy that shares the same IP address, viagra50mgonline.net — also anonymously registered and also part of the Rx-Partners network — does not use a fake seal for GPhC or any other regulatory body.)

super-pharms.com isn’t exactly a super-UK-focused website in any other way, either; typical of the thousands of illegal online pharmacies in this network, delivery is offered more or less worldwide, and the default webpage settings are for US dollars and US shipping.

When it comes to websites like super-pharms.com, it’s important to look beyond the superficial.