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LegitScript Standard 6: Legal Compliance

The sixth LegitScript standard is pretty straightforward. It requires that LegitScript only approves pharmacy websites that act lawfully. Standard 6: Legal compliance. The pharmacy must comply with all provisions of federal and state law, including but not limited to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and the Federal Controlled Substances Act (including the provisions […]

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FDA: Beware Internet Diet Pills

Quiz: If you want to sell prescription-only weight-loss drugs, but want to avoid scrutiny as an Internet pharmacy, what do you do? Answer: Claim to only sell “herbal” products…and then spike them with the prescription-only chemicals. In a troubling new trend, some supposedly “herbal” diet pills, ordered mainly online, actually contain prescription substances, as well […]

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LegitScript Standard #5: Valid Prescription

The fifth LegitScript standard has to do with what it means to have a valid prescription for a prescription medication. Perhaps no other standard is the subject of so much debate (see, e.g., the Internet Drug Law blog), and no other issue has been so exploited by rogue Internet pharmacies for their own financial gain. […]

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LegitScript Standard #4: Pharmacy Location

Next up in our discussion of LegitScript standards is a seemingly simple, but very important standard. Standard 4: Pharmacy location. The pharmacy must be domiciled in the United States. What does it mean? It may seem self-explanatory, but we’ve actually had a lot of inquiries about this being one of the standards we use to […]

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LegitScript Standard #3: Prior Discipline

Continuing the discussion of the standards LegitScript uses to approve safe online pharmacies, we’ll talk about our third standard. Standard 3: Prior discipline. The pharmacy and its pharmacist-in-charge must not have been subject to significant recent and/or repeated disciplinary sanctions. What does it mean? This standard addresses a pharmacy’s history of adhering to safe medical […]

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Meds-Easy Network Gets Terminated

More good news: the entire Meds-Easy network (except for a couple of straggler affiliates) has now been shut down. Meds-Easy.com was the main website; there were about 70 affiliates in total. The Meds-Easy network was one of the worst: it was selling Oxycodone, Hydrocodone and other controlled substances without requiring a prescription. Meds-Easy was run […]

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LegitScript Standard #2: DEA Registration

Continuing with our latest blog project- letting you know why LegitScript is the best place to find safe online pharmacies- here’s our spiel on LegitScript Standard #2: Standard II: DEA registration. The pharmacy, if dispensing controlled substances, must be registered with the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). What does it mean? First, a word about […]

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LegitScript Standard #1: Pharmacy Licensure

Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be going into detail about each of the eleven standards we use to determine if an online pharmacy is “legit”. To start things off, here’s an explanation of our first standard. Standard I: Pharmacy Licensure. The pharmacy must be licensed or registered in good standing to operate a […]

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LegitScript Announces Revised Standards

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve updated our Internet pharmacy standards. As before, our standards continue to be recognized by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). The revisions aren’t earth-shattering: they are mostly the same as our earlier standards, with some changes in language and codification of existing policies. Over the next few […]

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Internet Drug Dealers Raided In 9 Countries

! The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) of Britain has announced the successful raid of several rogue online prescription drug peddlers. The raid, coordinated by INTERPOL, occurred last Wednesday and targeted web-based operations in nine countries that were selling prescription-only medications without the proper authority to do so. The sites offered medications for […]

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