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LegitScript Emails Being Spoofed: Why You May Be Receiving Falsified Email Notifications

At LegitScript, we pride ourselves on helping to keep the internet safe. Last year alone, we worked closely with registrars to help take down more than 20,000 rogue internet pharmacy domain names in the interest of public health. Unfortunately, our line of work sometimes makes us the target of bad actors — the same people…

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Free LegitScript Search: Why We Are Offline For a Few Days

[UPDATE: We went back on line Tuesday. Thanks for your patience! — JCH] I’ve asked our developers to briefly turn off our free public search for rogue internet pharmacies and problematic supplements and other healthcare products, probably for just a few days. I know that many internet users rely on our free search tools to…

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Electronic Frontier Foundation: Not Quite Right on the Facts

The Electronic Frontier Foundation published an interesting article that referenced LegitScript today. Unfortunately, it didn’t get the facts quite right. The article written about us isn’t a particularly bad one – it makes an argument about “shadow regulation” based on our and other entities’ work with Google, Visa, and other companies to block illegally operating internet pharmacies. What’s…

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UK Pharmacy Chemist-4-U Offering “Premium Members” Back Door to Controlled Drugs

NOTE: Since the publication of this post, Chemist-4-U has discontinued the activity described in this blog and is no longer classified as “rogue” by LegitScript. We have granted probationary certification status to this pharmacy after a comprehensive review, and are continuing to monitor the pharmacy and its website to ensure that it is only shipping…

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MedsIndia Principals Indicted

Edward Leonforte and Larry Burstein Under Arrest Just this morning, the indictment against Edward LeonForte and Larry Burstein, the two principals of rogue Internet pharmacy network MedsIndia, was unsealed. MedsIndia sold controlled substances including Xanax without a prescription, and we worked to shut down their flagship websites like medsindia.com and medsindia.cc, as well as their…

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ZDNet’s Blog, and: Whither Affiliate Registrant Liability?

Following on our recent blog about affiliate pharmacy networks, ZDNet had a blog from Ryan Naraine, Dancho Danchev & Adam O’Donnell about the structure of pharmaceutical affiliate networks. One excerpt from the blog is revealing: So once you’ve been approved as an affiliate and receive your unique tracking code, you’re free to choose the pharmaceutical…

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President signs Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act

Today, President Bush signed the Ryan Haight Online Consumer Protection Act. LegitScript’s President co-authored an op-ed more than a year and a half ago calling for the Act to be passed. We’re glad to see it finally has become law. (But, as we’ve noted before, it only applies to domestic websites selling controlled substance prescription…

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AwareRx.org lauches online pharmacy education campaign

The family of Justin Pearson, who died from an overdose of drugs purchased from a rogue online pharmacy, and the Minnesota Pharmacists Association have launched a new website, AwareRx.org, to educate Internet users about the dangers of “rogue” Internet pharmacies. We’re glad to see the website, and we take a moment to remember the tragedy…

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A Different Perspective on the Reason for the Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act

There’s been a good amount of debate by respected bloggers (see, e.g., InternetDrugLaw and InternetPharmacyLaw about what the Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Act, now on the President’s desk for signing, really means. Specifically, if this bill requires a prior in-person examination in order for a controlled substance prescription to be lawful, does that mean…

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Florida AG goes after DirectDietPills.com

The Florida Attorney General announced a lawsuit against Internet pharmacy DirectDietPills.com for engaging in a “bait and switch” scheme. (We put DirectDietPills.com on our unapproved list some time ago.) According to WMBB News 13, the website’s fine print specified that if the prescription form wasn’t sent in within three days by the doctor, the website…

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