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LegitScript Emails Being Spoofed: Why You May Be Receiving Falsified Email Notifications

At LegitScript, we pride ourselves on helping to keep the internet safe. Last year alone, we worked closely with registrars to help take down more than 20,000 rogue internet pharmacy domain names in the interest of public health. Unfortunately, our line of work sometimes makes us the target of bad actors — the same people […]

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Deadly Fentanyl Exports: A Closer Look at Fentanyl from China

The Justice Department recently announced indictments against two Chinese nationals manufacturing and distributing fentanyl and other opiate substances in the US. This is the first time the US has indicted major Chinese fentanyl traffickers. It’s a great first step, but the DEA is playing catch-up against a problem that led to more US deaths in […]

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The Who’s Who of Rogue Registrars

As more registrars move toward voluntary compliance, the walls continue to close in on rogue pharmacy operators. In a world without Nanjing Imperiosus Technology Co., Ltd., whose accreditation agreement was terminated in February 2017, rogue pharmacy operators are desperate to find long-term partners to sponsor their illicit activities. In recent months, we have identified thousands […]

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Mugshots: US States That Prohibit Websites From Charging a Fee to Remove Arrest Photos

Over the past decade, dozens of for-profit websites have been created for the purpose of publishing arrest records, including booking photographs — more commonly known as “mugshots.” Many of these websites make money by charging the arrestee a fee to remove the image. Is this legal? The short answer is: it depends on the state. […]

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Apricot Kernels: When Fruit Becomes an Illegal Supplement

Apricots are a popular summer fruit, but as a dietary supplement they can also be the pits. Acquiring banks, payment providers, advertising platforms, and others should be aware that the kernels found inside the pits of fresh apricots can contain something quite unexpected: cyanide. Some supplement merchants advertise these products as a health cure, which […]

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New .health Domain Extension Introduced

This week, dotHealth launched the .health domain extension. This is exciting news for the medical industry and consumers. The .health domain will help to provide an easily identifiable place for internet users who are seeking trusted health information online — similar to that of .edu (for education), .org (for non-profit organizations), and .pharmacy (for certified […]

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Six men connected to the online pharmacy, including president and founder Kristjan Thorkelson, have been extradited to the United States and arrested for selling fake cancer drugs online. US federal prosecutors have accused the men of illegally importing and selling $78 million worth of unapproved, misbranded, and counterfeit drugs to the US between 2009 […]

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False Cures for Sale: Perpetrator Behind Elaborate Scheme Heads to Prison

The US Food and Drug Administration recently announced that Mustafa Hasan Arif, a UK and Pakistani citizen, was sentenced to six years in prison for marketing false cures that claimed to fix literally hundreds of conditions, including cerebral palsy, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, even severe mental impairments. Back in 2009, a blogger operating under the name “One […]

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BestKenko, Part V: The (Familiar) Road Ahead

In this blog series, we have explored how BestKenko has thrived as the largest internet pharmacy network targeting Japan, where it is violating the law. It sells and markets unapproved drugs, does not require a valid prescription to purchase prescription drugs, and operates with an opaque and unregulated supply chain. Furthermore, it deceptively presents itself […]

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ベストケンコー 第五章 — 見慣れた道

このブログシリーズでは、ベストケンコーが日本を狙った最大規模の違法オンライン薬局である、ということについて語ってきました。ベストケンコーは、未承認医薬品の広告・販売を行っており、処方箋を求めず処方医薬品を販売しています。そして、不透明な供給先から提供された医薬品を配送しています。さらに、日本での処方箋薬の個人輸入について誤った説明をすることで、日本の消費者にウェブサイトは「合法」であるという認識を植え付けています。 ベストケンコーのネットワークが日本の消費者の健康を犯していることは疑いようがありません。しかし、ベストケンコーの運営は、決して単独で行われているのではありません。ベストケンコーの直接の運営者だけで運営することは不可能なのです。不正ビジネスが成り立つのは、いくつもの企業からの協力を得ているからです。これらの企業とは、未承認医薬品の供給元、決済を提供する決済代行会社や、銀行、そして、法的責任を取ろうとしないドメイン名レジストラなどです。 ベストケンコーは、アメリカ市場を狙った「偽カナダ薬局」の組織に類似しています。Solaris/Candrugなどの組織は「カナダの薬局」と称し、実際はインドなどから薬を仕入れているのにも関わらず、販売する医薬品はカナダの安全基準を満たしているものとして、アメリカの消費者を欺いています。同じように、ベストケンコーは販売している薬がアメリカや日本で未承認なのにも関わらず、アメリカや日本の安全基準を満たしているとしています。更に、ベストケンコーと深く関わっているSAVA GlobalとAlps Pharmacy は、Solaris/Candrugをはじめとする「カナダ薬局」と自称するオンライン薬局の薬の供給元であることが判明しています。

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