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Beware: New BestKenko Strategy Uncovered

LegitScript has published several articles on BestKenko network, the largest rogue pharmacy network targeting Japan.  As we have discussed in previous blog articles, websites under the BestKenko network advertise and sell unapproved prescription medicines in violation of Japanese laws. They do not have a Japanese pharmacy license, and the medicines they sell have not been…

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EFF’s Emerging Alignment With Offshore Internet Pharmacies

The last few years have been challenging ones for members of the Canadian International Pharmacy Association. First, in 2010, they lost their ability to advertise in the US search space after the US Department of Justice noted that many seemingly “Canadian” pharmacy websites “sell drugs obtained from countries other than Canada” when shipping medicines into…

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After LegitScript Senate Testimony, White House Naughty List Calls Out Rogue Registrar

I was interested to see that earlier today, the White House Trade Representative released its “Notorious Markets” report, which calls out online and physical marketplaces that facilitate widespread counterfeiting or other intellectual property violations. Although the report isn’t intended to highlight other sorts of criminal activity, fake drug sales or pharmacy operations are both an intellectual property…

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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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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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(Not a) Surprise! Rogue Internet Pharmacy Run by Convicted Criminal

A convicted criminal is running an internet pharmacy based out of Vanuatu, a small island chain in the South Pacific that has been used as a conduit for illegal drug trafficking. According to a publication by the official Pharmacy Council of New Zealand, Kerry Donald Bell, a former pharmacist and the operator of inhousepharmacy.vu, was…

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Operation Pangea IX: One for the Record Books!

LegitScript is pleased to have participated in this year’s Operation Pangea IX, a global operation coordinated by INTERPOL that targets the advertisement, sale, and supply of unapproved prescription drugs that pose a threat to public health and safety. This marks the seventh year that LegitScript has assisted with Pangea. When Operation Pangea first took place…

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