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Homeland Security Freezes 67 Rx-Partners Affiliated Domain Names

Last week, Homeland Security Special Agents seized 67 domain names believed to be engaged in the illegal sale and distribution of counterfeit prescription drugs. Each affected website now greets visitors with a US government seizure notice, and a friendly reminder that illegally importing pharmaceutical drugs into the United States can land smugglers up to five…

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ASOP Accepting Internet Pharmacy Safety Award Nominations

The Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies, a non-profit that LegitScript serves on the board of and helped found, is accepting nominations for Internet pharmacy safety. The idea is to recognize the good work that a variety of companies in the payments, domain name registration, search advertisement and similar sectors are doing to protect patient safety…

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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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LegitScript Issues Report on GMO Internet and its Relationship with Illegal Online Drug Marketers

Download the English report. 日本語のレポートはここです。 LegitScript seeks to help protect public health on a global scale by notifying domain name registrars about cybercriminals selling unregulated, often unsafe medicines. Most of the world’s ~1,000 domain name registrars terminate services to these “rogue Internet pharmacies,” thus shutting down the websites and making the Internet safer. But a…

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Registrar Gransy, Confused About What a “Blog” Is, Still Too Close to Online Criminals

Czech Republic-based Gransy, a registrar previously identified as being in our top tier of registrars friendly to pharmaceutical-related cybercrime, has made some progress, but is still allowing a back door to online criminals engaged in the illegal sale of substandard medicines. First things first: we appreciate the progress that Gransy has made. They’ve squelched about…

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LegitScript’s Internet pharmacy certification program will become a paid one in 2016. Here’s why.

LegitScript’s Internet pharmacy certification program, which has been available to pharmacies for free since 2008, will transition to being a paid program in January 2016. This blog explains why we’re making that change. In essence, the reason is pretty simple: LegitScript’s certification program is continuing to grow, and as the number of applicants increases, there’s…

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Chinese Registrar BizCN Taking Stand Against Dangerous Fake Drug Sites

As we’ve noted before, rogue Internet pharmacies put a premium on finding a registrar who will provide them safe haven. Failing that, they’ll attempt to trick their registrar into believing that the Internet pharmacies aren’t doing anything wrong — or, perhaps, aren’t even online at all. BizCN, a China-based registrar that previously ranked in our…

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Final Verdict in Drug Sales Scheme — Case Closed?

Last Wednesday, the Department of Justice announced that Lena Lasher, one of the two pharmacists involved in a multimillion-dollar Internet pharmacy drug scheme we wrote about earlier, has been sentenced to three years in prison. Lasher was one of the two pharmacists — along with Peter Riccio, who has also been sentenced — involved in a scheme that…

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Rogue Internet Pharmacy Shipping Analysis: How Do Illegal Drugs Get Into U.S. Commerce and Delivered to Customers?

How do illegal drugs get into US Commerce and Delivered to Customers? We did the research. The answer might surprise you.

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TotalCareMart.com, yet another CIPA- and Pharmacy-Checker approved online pharmacy, ordered to shut down

It’s deja vu all over again: yet another PharmacyChecker- and CIPA-approved online pharmacy isn’t really what it seems. TotalCareMart not really Canadian, ordered to shut down by Manitoba regulators.

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