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BestKenko, Pt. IV: Hitting Them Where It Hurts

We’ve explored how BestKenko uses deceptive marketing to allure Japanese consumers into purchasing drugs they think are safe, but actually come from an unregulated supply chain. The next logical question is: How can they be stopped? Let’s consider the essentials that an organization like this needs to operate. They have to maintain a large network…

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BestKenko, Part III: Partners in Crime

In today’s blog post, we’ll consider what happens when a Japanese customer orders a product from a BestKenko website. Where does it come from, and what are they really getting? As the internet pharmacy implies, are the drugs really approved by the US Food and Drug Administration? We’ll dig into domain name registrations, business records,…

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BestKenko, Part II: Boys and Their Toys

At The Cufflink Club, a trendy cocktail bar and hotspot for expats in Singapore, Yelp reviewers described buying a $28 drink (about $19 USD) called “Boys & Their Toys” with a toy soldier frozen into a giant ice cube. The Cufflink Club is a portfolio company of a Singapore investment group, Rajahblue Holdings. Rajahblue’s website…

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BestKenko, Part I: Is the Largest Internet Pharmacy Targeting Japan Illegal?

If you try to buy prescription drugs online in Japan — the second-largest pharmaceutical market in the world — chances are that you’ll click a link to a website like bestkenko.com. The website, written in flawless Japanese, assures “first time customers” that the website is completely legal, and typically offers pristine pictures of familiar Japanese…

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LegitScript’s State of the Internet Rx Market Illuminates Challenges, Opportunities

LegitScript’s mission is to leave the Internet better than we found it, by helping make it safer, more transparent, and more independent. Much of what we do is in the online healthcare space, where we try to make the Internet pharmacy and health product markets safer and more transparent both for individuals and for businesses.…

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Over 70 “natural” supplements contain ingredient invented by Soviet scientists during the Cold War #YIKES

In late October, Oregon’s attorney general filed suit against GNC for knowingly selling dietary supplements that contain the impermissible supplement ingredients picamilon (aka pikatropin) and beta-methylphenethylamine (better known as BMPEA). LegitScript covered the dangers of BMPEA in a blog post this past May — but what, exactly, is picamilon? An all-natural component of the rare-but-beautiful…

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The Season of Giving: LegitScript Supports Worthy Causes

Amid the hustle-bustle of the holiday season, the LegitScript team pauses to think about the nonprofit organizations whose services are invaluable to our work and to our community. We then collectively decide where the company’s donation dollars should go. This year, LegitScript contributed to the following charities: Internet Archive: This organization focuses on Internet preservation…

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LegitScript Extends Comment Period for Our Proposed Standards for Online Optical Retailers

Are you involved in the online optical retail industry? No? Are you a concerned member of the public? No? Do you have eyes? Great! If you fall into any of the aforementioned categories, LegitScript wants to hear from you. As we announced in an earlier blog post, LegitScript is expanding its certification portfolio to include…

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LegitScript Seeking Comments on Proposed Standards for Internet Prescription Eyeglass Websites

LegitScript is pleased to announce that we will be launching a certification program for Internet-based sellers of prescription eyewear. In preparation for that, we are seeking input and comment regarding our certification standards. As background, most people know that “LegitScript Approved” is our mark for legitimate Internet pharmacies, not just in the US but —…

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Hiding in plain sight: tainted dietary supplements

The FDA sent out new tainted supplement notifications today, warning the public of six dietary supplements that contain hidden active pharmaceutical ingredients. In the US, dietary supplements aren’t considered drugs and therefore don’t have to be tested by the FDA before going on the market. This allows supplement manufacturers to get their products on the market quickly, but this…

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