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Addiction Treatment Certification Nears End of Pre-Launch Phase

Later this month, LegitScript will officially begin the initial phase of our certification program for drug and alcohol addiction treatment providers. This aligns with the timing of Google’s implementation of its advertising policy around addiction services; advertisers with LegitScript certification will be able to request certification with Google starting later this month. Over the last…

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LegitScript’s New Certification Program for Addiction Treatment Providers Will Help Those Most Vulnerable

I’m pleased to announce that today, LegitScript is launching a certification program for drug and alcohol addiction treatment providers. I’m also pleased to share that Google, also today, announced that starting in July, all drug and alcohol addiction treatment providers in the United States that wish to advertise on Google AdWords will be required to…

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LegitScript Pharmacy Certification To Include Probationary Status

I’m pleased to announce that LegitScript pharmacy merchant certification will soon include a new category: Probationary Status. Let me explain why we’ve created this category and what it means for our partners and for certified pharmacies. Why a probationary category is necessary. LegitScript pharmacy certification is intended to distinguish between pharmacy or telemedicine merchants that…

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Connecting Recent Criminal Charges to PharmacyChecker-Approved Internet Pharmacies

I recently published a blog about the criminal charges and an apparent forfeiture action against internet pharmacy operators Billy Lee, Tarn Uppal, and Tony Lee, who operate or operated internet pharmacies approved by PharmacyChecker or the Canadian International Pharmacy Association (CIPA). The court filings relate to the defendants’ alleged sale of misbranded prescription drugs and…

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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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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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Electronic Frontier Foundation: Not Quite Right on the Facts

The Electronic Frontier Foundation published an interesting article that referenced LegitScript today. Unfortunately, it didn’t get the facts quite right. The article written about us isn’t a particularly bad one – it makes an argument about “shadow regulation” based on our and other entities’ work with Google, Visa, and other companies to block illegally operating internet pharmacies. What’s…

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UK Pharmacy Chemist-4-U Offering “Premium Members” Back Door to Controlled Drugs

NOTE: Since the publication of this post, Chemist-4-U has discontinued the activity described in this blog and is no longer classified as “rogue” by LegitScript. We have granted probationary certification status to this pharmacy after a comprehensive review, and are continuing to monitor the pharmacy and its website to ensure that it is only shipping…

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