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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 Chemist4U Offering “Premium Members” Back Door to Controlled Drugs

Today, we’re releasing an exposé of a registered pharmacy in the UK, Chemist4U, also known as Innox Trading. Chemist4U, at first blush, appears to be a legitimate pharmacy in the UK. It’s registered with the GPhC. It displays the registration seal offered by the GPhC, as well as a Trustwave “Trusted Commerce” seal and the […]

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Transaction Laundering: How LegitScript Helps Payment Providers Beat It

It is an age-old rule: criminals, in order to survive, try to stay one step ahead of the good guys. Despite rules put in place by companies like Visa and MasterCard that disallow criminals from getting merchant accounts, some illicit drug and other merchants still get paid via Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, and other popular payment […]

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MedsIndia Principals Indicted

Edward Leonforte and Larry Burstein Under Arrest Just this morning, the indictment against Edward LeonForte and Larry Burstein, the two principals of rogue Internet pharmacy network MedsIndia, was unsealed. MedsIndia sold controlled substances including Xanax without a prescription, and we worked to shut down their flagship websites like medsindia.com and medsindia.cc, as well as their […]

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ASOP Accepting Internet Pharmacy Safety Award Nominations

The Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies, a non-profit that LegitScript serves on the board of and helped found, is accepting nominations for Internet pharmacy safety. The idea is to recognize the good work that a variety of companies in the payments, domain name registration, search advertisement and similar sectors are doing to protect patient safety […]

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