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Designer drugs under scrutiny in the online marketplace

After banning opiates in the 1920s, the United States saw the manufacturing of “designer drugs,” products intended to imitate opiates’ psychosomatic effects, for the first time. These products — which today include dried plant material sprayed with chemicals, synthetic hallucinogens and cathinones, opiate chemical compounds and other potentially fatal substances — have now been banned…

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Rogue online pharmacies identified 9/17-9/21

LegitScript staff identified 132 rogue Internet pharmacies between Sept. 17 and 21. The biggest network showing is Rx-Partners, with 32 new pharmacies added to our database. Interestingly, 13 of those Rx-Partners websites — all selling erectile dysfunction drugs — were registered by the same person or people through Rebel.com, a Canadian domain name registrar, on…

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Buying abortion pills online carries risks

A recent article in The Irish Independent warns women of the dangers of buying so-called abortion pills online, citing the bleeding, infection and other risks of the unsupervised use of these drugs, known as abortifacients. In my work as a certified obstetrics registered nurse and part-time analyst for LegitScript, this issue has recently caught my attention.…

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Is It Safe? Introducing LegitScript Healthcare Product Search

Ever wonder if those diet pills you saw advertised online are safe? What about the “100% natural sexual enhancement” supplements? Now there’s a place you can go to find out. LegitScript is pleased to roll out a new search feature (in beta): LegitScript Healthcare Product Search, available on our home page. This is the world’s…

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LegitScript profiled in The Oregonian

A couple of weeks ago, The Oregonian profiled LegitScript in an article entitled, “Portland firm watchdogs online pharmacies for investigators and firms like Google.” The article began by profiling Patricia Parks, a patient on Social Security who watches every dollar. Ms. Parks isn’t the first we’ve heard about who has ordered from globalpharmacycanada.com, a rogue…

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Internet.bs: Spamhaus weighs in; pharmacy regulators call for ICANN to act

Following LegitScript’s report from earlier this week, in which ICANN-accredited Internet.bs was identified as helping undercover researchers posing as a rogue online pharmacy network register domain names to sell fake medicines and prescription drugs without a prescription, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), which represents pharmacy regulators in the US, Canada, Australia, New…

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“Offshore” Internet.bs Scrambling to Cover Tracks In Wake of Report

In the wake of LegitScript’s recent report on the company, Internet.bs is scrambling to cover its tracks. The report estimated that Internet.bs is the Registrar for 33% to 44% of all non-spam rogue online pharmacy domain names, and showed how Internet.bs was willing to help us, even after being informed that they would be used…

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Report: Internet.bs Supporting Pharma Cybercrime, Bogus Prescription Drug Trade

Here’s a riddle: How can a Registrar with only 0.2% global domain name market share have become the Registrar for between 33% and 44% of all non-spam rogue online pharmacies? That’s the question that our report on Internet.bs sought to answer. (A smaller version with reduced image quality is here for slow connections.) What’s In…

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Getting off LegitScript’s “rogue” list – it isn’t difficult

If you’re an Internet pharmacy and are on LegitScript’s “rogue” (or, alternatively, “unapproved”) Internet pharmacy list, how can you get off it? It’s not hard. You just need to be in compliance with the laws and regulations where you operate, and anywhere that you offer to ship prescription drugs to. Let’s say that you are…

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LegitScript Study: DEA Not Adequately Enforcing Online Pharmacy Law

LegitScript.com has released a detailed report assessing the DEA’s implementation of the Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act (RHA). The federal law, which was introduced by Sens. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and Jeff Sessions (R-AL), took effect in 2009, and was designed to give the DEA new authority to address “rogue” Internet pharmacies selling controlled substances…

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