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BuyMeds.com, Part Two: Digging Deeper

Earlier this week, we blogged about Orlando Birbragher who was convicted (along with several others) in Federal court for his operation of rogue Internet pharmacy BuyMeds.com. We determined that despite the fact that he is facing three to four years in prison, his website, BuyMeds.com, is registered to somebody with a similar name Andres Birbragher until…

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Report a Rogue Internet Pharmacy: LegitScript’s program shoots past 10,000

We sent out a reminder this morning about LegitScript’s feature that allows Internet users to report a rogue online pharmacy. So far, LegitScript’s visitors have helped push us past the 10,000 mark. (Yes, that means that we’ve documented more than 10,000 rogue online pharmacies!) How many rogue pharmacy websites exist in total? Nobody knows, but…

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BuyMeds.com: Convicted Drug Dealer Still Owns Website

Here’s a conundrum: what to do with a rogue Internet pharmacy website after the registrant has been criminally convicted. On August 4, 2008, according to the US Department of Justice, Orlando Birbragher was convicted of running a rogue Internet pharmacy, BuyMeds.com. He pled guilty to several crimes, including money laundering and conspiracy to illegally distribute…

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The “Nurhul Chee” network of online pharmacies

We just added over 300 online pharmacy websites to our “unapproved” list. All of these are part of the infamous Nurhul Chee Network. These websites don’t disclose their dispensing pharmacy and don’t require a valid prescription preceded by an in-person doctor’s exam. Additionally, we’ve had complaints about websites affiliated with this network sending out “spam…

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LegitScript welcomes TriangleCompounding.com

LegitScript is pleased to welcome several new online pharmacies over the next few weeks. Today, we’re glad to announce that TriangleCompounding.com has been reviewed and approved. Welcome, Triangle! Triangle Compounding is located in Cary, North Carolina, and is licensed or otherwise permitted to dispense prescription drugs in ten states. Something else we’re glad to note:…

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Online Pharmacies: Why Transparency is Paramount

Should online pharmacy website owners (“registrants”) be allowed to register the online pharmacy anonymously? Generally, LegitScript won’t approve a online pharmacy if the registration is anonymous, as we explain below. To back up a bit, when you buy a domain name (e.g., “www.bestpharmacy.com”) you have to provide a name, address, telephone number, email, and so…

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Study: Traffic to Rogue Online Drug Sites Tripled From Last Year

MarkMonitor released a study yesterday suggesting that visits to rogue online drug sites have tripled over the last year. One third of the 2,986 websites the study reviewed saw nearly 100,000 visits daily. The company concedes that this isn’t a precise number, but used the Alexa website visitor ranking system to estimate traffic to sites…

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New Internet Pharmacy Law Blog Makes Debut

Benjamin Gluck of the Bird Marella law firm launched a blog back in May that’s a welcome addition to serious discourse on the Internet related to online pharmacies. Those concerned with online pharmacies might disagree with Mr. Gluck’s approach, as he defends (often successfully, we might add!) online pharmacy operators and associates accused of violating…

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Hogan’s Pharmacy (MedHaven.net): Indicted, but the network survives?

Yesterday, Kansas Attorney General Steve Six announced an indictment against Hogan’s Pharmacy owners Jolane and Mark Poindexter, and against pharmacist Rick Kloxin, for purchases from medhaven.net, for “distributing prescription-only drugs to people throughout the United States based upon questionnaires customers completed via the Internet.” LegitScript thinks that there may be more to the story. Medhaven.net…

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Study: Kids think Rx drugs easier to get than beer

A study released by CasaColumbia indicates that US youth perceive prescription drugs as easier to obtain (without a prescription) than beer. As reported by the Washington Post. Nineteen percent of teenagers found it easier to purchase prescription drugs than cigarettes, beer or marijuana, compared with 13 percent a year ago. A quarter of the teens…

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