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Steroids update: ICANN terminates registrar non-responsive to LegitScript rogue Internet pharmacy notifications

In July of last year, we sent out letters to eight US-based registrars requesting that they terminate or suspend websites they were sponsoring that offered to sell steroids, a Schedule III controlled substance, without a prescription, from overseas (both illegal and dangerous). Eventually, six of the eight registrars terminated all of the sites. The sole exceptions…

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DEA issues interim online pharmacy regulations

Following the passage of the Ryan Haight Online Consumer Protection Act in October 2008, the DEA has issued interim regulations. These interim regulations go into effect on April 13, 2009; the public comment period on the interim regulations ends on June 5, 2009. After that, the permanent regulations will be enacted. Additionally, any pharmacist who…

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Directi: No Safe Haven for Rogue Internet Pharmacies

We just crunched some interesting data about rogue Internet pharmacies and domain name registrars. As some of our readers know, domain name registrars (like GoDaddy, eNom, NetworkSolutions, etc.) have the ability to shut down websites for illegal behavior, and are contractually obligated to make sure that the websites they sponsor aren’t engaged in illegal activity.…

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Online Soma Responsible for Fatal Crash?

KGET in Bakersfield, California ran an interesting story this morning about a woman who was killed in a automobile crash. Her family blames her addiction to Soma, which they say she was getting online: (The woman’s daughter) says her mom started taking a muscle relaxer called Soma after she hurt her back skiing. But 44-yr-old…

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LegitScript welcomes The Compounding Shoppe (rxproblemsolvers.com)

LegitScript is pleased to announce approval of rxproblemsolvers.com, the Internet presence of The Compounding Shoppe, a licensed pharmacy in Alabama. As its name suggests, The Compounding Shoppe focuses on the compounding of prescription medicines. The pharmacy has been in the family for three generations, and is accredited by the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board. The Pharmacist-in-Charge…

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Beware the Google Clones

Rogue Internet pharmacies are starting to take a new approach: deceptively mimicking search engine design to appear credible, and presumably snatching your username and password in the process. Take this recent search result for “Ambien No Prescription”. You click on the result, and it might appear as if the Google search page simply refreshed…and you…

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UK Gov’t: Pharma2U.com selling counterfeit drugs

Pharma2U.com has been exposed as selling counterfeit drugs by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) from the United Kingdom. LegitScript has already designated the website as a “rogue” Internet pharmacy in late 2008. The BBC news article reported that: The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said a couple in their 60s…

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INCB: United Nations to Release Rogue Internet Pharmacy Prevention Guidelines

The International Narcotics Control Board, the independent, quasi-judicial control organization that monitors the implementation of the United Nations drug control agreements, released their annual report last week. It includes a serious discussion about rogue Internet pharmacies, noting that: “…more and more online drug retailers…use targeted marketing strategies that respond rapidly to users’ demands and to…

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LegitScript welcomes Kay Pharmacy

We’re pleased to welcome kaypharmacy.com to our list of approved pharmacy websites. kaypharmacy.com is the Internet presence of Kay Pharmacy, a licensed pharmacy in Michigan. The pharmacy has been in the family for three generations. (Unsurprisingly, when the current owner’s grandfather opened the pharmacy in 1945, he didn’t offer his customers the ability to refill…

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Whiny Internet Drug Dealers Get Mad at LegitScript

Sometimes we receive threatening emails from Internet drug dealers. Just yesterday, the apparent registrant of www.thaisteroids.com, a website that offers steroids to US residents, emailed us regarding our LegitScript entry for www.thaisteroids.com, as a rogue Internet pharmacy. “Greg” from www.thaisteroids.com writes: You leave our company no choice but to seek legal action. Actually, Greg, you…

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