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Blog: LegitScript one of top “20 Useful Pharmaceutical Search Engines”

LegitScript got a nice shout-out earlier this week from the folks over at onlineultrasoundschool.com, a blog that focuses on general health, medicine, pregnancy and parenting. Earlier this week, the blog took a look at “20 Useful Pharmaceutical Search Engines,” listing LegitScript.com in the Number Two slot. (The top eight were listed alphabetically.) LegitScript appreciates the…

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Reporting a Rogue to LegitScript: What We’re Looking For

Every day, LegitScript receives anywhere from dozens to hundreds of complaints or reports regarding suspected rogue Internet pharmacies. (If you are someone who has been letting us know about these websites, Thanks!) But what kind of information are we looking for? First, we know that submitting reports about these websites takes time and effort, so…

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Maui News Gets it Wrong on Unapproved Drugs

In an op-ed over the holiday season (Government Protecting Us, December 27, 2010), the Maui News Editorial Board incorrectly argues that the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) decision to grant exclusivity to the drug company that makes Colcyrs (the only FDA-approved version of colchicine, an anti-gout drug) constitutes “outrageous waste — if not fraud.” Although Maui News’s larger…

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Drugs made from vampire bat saliva? Biologics hold promise, but we must put patient safety first

LegitScript’s President, a HuffingtonPost.com contributing blogger, published a blog yesterday entitled “Biologics: Are Unsafe Drugs an ‘Acceptable Risk?’ FDA Should Say No”. The topic is biologics, which are drugs made from living organisms. Examples include Abraxane, a chemical wrapped in human proteins, used as a treatment for breast cancer. (As to the title of this…

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Got gout? FDA to colchicine manufacturers: Get FDA-approved

Got Gout? Or Familiar Mediterranean Fever (FMF)? If so, you may have been prescribed oral colchicine, a medication commonly used to treat those conditions. Gout and FMF patients should be aware that the FDA has ordered companies that make, distribute or market that drug to stop doing so, unless they have FDA-approval. This may come…

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Unapproved Drugs Mixed With HIV Medications: A Risky Prescription

LegitScript’s President blogged in the Huffington Post today about the risk mixing drugs that are not FDA-approved with HIV medications such as protease inhibitors. As noted in the blog, the danger to HIV patients is: …(that unregulated) drugs, sold by fly-by-night “rogue” Internet pharmacies located overseas, and even by walk-in pharmacies here in the US,…

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LegitScript in Huffington Post: Drugs Should Meet 2010 Safety Standards

In the Huffington Post, LegitScript’s President discusses the problem of unapproved drugs – medications that may have been “grandfathered in” to the US drug safety system, but have not been subjected to the same safety and efficacy evaluation as FDA-approved medicines. In describing the problem, the article says: Why are unapproved drugs so readily available…

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Two Unapproved Drug Manufacturers File Lawsuit Against FDA

As our readers know, LegitScript has recently been taking a look at another aspect of drug safety: the dispensing of unapproved drugs, both online and offline. In this regard, a recent lawsuit filed by two drug manufacturers against the FDA will be interesting to watch. On their FDA Law Blog, the firm of Hyman, Phelps…

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Update: Court Decision Strengthens FDA’s Unapproved Drug Initiative Enforcement

Just a few days after our recent blog about a lawsuit filed against the FDA by two drug manufacturers, the complaint was dismissed in federal court. At its heart, the lawsuit challenged the FDA’s authority in two respects. First, the lawsuit targeted the FDA’s unapproved drug initiative, which seeks to remove unapproved versions of pharmaceutical…

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Unapproved Medicines Have A New Foe: The FDA’s Renewed Focus

A recent Washington Post article indicates that the FDA is taking fresh and welcomed steps to tackle the ongoing problem of unapproved drugs on the consumer market. The article indicates that the Food and Drug Administration (specifically, FDA drug compliance Director Deborah Autor) is leading an initiative to rid the market of potentially dangerous unapproved…

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