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More Than Half of Online Drug Sellers Are Operating Illegally with Respect to Chinese Law and Regulation, New LegitScript and ASOP Global Study Finds

A new report on the Chinese internet pharmacy market by ASOP Global and LegitScript finds that most online drug sellers are operating illegally, and that a noteworthy percentage are illegally offering prescription drugs or controlled substances. The report, titled “The Chinese Internet Pharmacy Market Threat Assessment,” includes new information about the situation in China related…

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Seizures Related to Vaping Highlight Risk of E-cigarette Merchants

The FDA said this week that it is investigating 127 incidents of people suffering from seizures after vaping. The news highlights the elevated risk e-cigarette products pose for legal violations, and why payment service providers should know about the many types of products and parts related to vaping to better monitor their portfolios.  The FDA’s…

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LegitScript Announces New CBD Certification Program

We’re happy to announce a new certification program for legally compliant CBD products and websites. Starting today, US manufacturers and merchants can apply through LegitScript to certify CBD products and websites that are in compliance with USDA, FDA, FTC, and DEA regulations, as well as state-specific laws. LegitScript is the global leader in merchant and…

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Today’s Multilevel Marketing: New Look, Same Risk for Payment Service Providers

Today’s multilevel marketing (MLM) organizations look nothing like the Amway and Herbalife of the past. Cosmetics and nutritional supplements may still dominate the industry, but companies have expanded into product lines of every sort: essential oils, kitchen gadgets, yoga pants, software, consulting, and pretty much anything else you can imagine. This product expansion, combined with…

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Drop-shipping Clusters Pose an Elevated Fraud Risk

If you’ve read our Drop-shipping FAQ Guide, you know that drop-shipping merchants pose an elevated risk because of increased chargebacks and the potential for transaction laundering. But are you aware of drop-shipping clusters and the increased likelihood they are engaged in fraud? Learn about this danger that may be in your portfolio, hiding in plain…

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A Recent Surge of Synthol Online Increases Risk for Payments and E-commerce

Most payment service providers are smart enough to be on the lookout for rogue merchants selling steroids or SARMs for use in bodybuilding. But what they may not be aware of are merchants selling synthol, a potentially dangerous injectable masquerading as a harmless topical. Although synthol and other products like it have been around for…

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Three Things Payment Service Providers Need to Know About CBD Sales

The 2018 Farm Bill, which was signed into law last month, includes provisions removing hemp and its extracts, including hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD), from the DEA’s Controlled Substances schedules entirely. This is a monumental shift for industrial hemp and CBD in the US, and it promises big opportunities for CBD merchants and the payment facilitators that…

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Verify Healthcare Products, Ingredients, and Websites with LegitScript’s New Data Services

LegitScript is now making available the world’s largest, most comprehensive database of dietary supplements, designer drugs, pharmaceuticals, and other healthcare products and websites. This data — which is already trusted by Google, Bing, Amazon, and Facebook — can help supplement merchants, acquirers, and internet platforms confidently build their businesses while reducing risk and staying in…

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LegitScript Earns Designation as 2018 Top Workplace

We’re pleased to announce that LegitScript has been named a 2018 Top Workplace by The Oregonian. LegitScript previously achieved this honor in 2015 and 2016. The award is determined by feedback collected from anonymous employee surveys, which were administered earlier in the year by the third-party company Energage. LegitScript employees who participated praised the company…

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National Recovery Month Highlights Addiction Treatment Progress

September’s National Recovery Month serves as a way to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can make a major impact on people’s quality of life. Now in its 29th year, the annual observance is organized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to increase awareness and understanding of…

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