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CanadaDrugs.com President and Five Others Arrested for Selling Fake Cancer Drugs

Update: This story has been updated. See License Reinstated for Canadian Pharmacist Who Sold Counterfeit Cancer Drugs to the US. Six men connected to the online pharmacy CanadaDrugs.com, including president and founder Kristjan Thorkelson, have been extradited to the United States and arrested for selling fake cancer drugs online. US federal prosecutors have accused the men…

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Q2 Update: More Than 6,000 Rogue Internet Pharmacy Domain Names Suspended

Just as the weather is heating up, so is the pressure on rogue internet pharmacies as the internet community becomes increasingly unified in its efforts to stop them. In the past three months, LegitScript’s enforcement efforts have led to the suspension of more than 6,000 domain names that were used as illegal online pharmacies and…

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False Cures for Sale: Perpetrator Behind Elaborate Scheme Heads to Prison

The US Food and Drug Administration recently announced that Mustafa Hasan Arif, a UK and Pakistani citizen, was sentenced to six years in prison for marketing false cures that claimed to fix literally hundreds of conditions, including cerebral palsy, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, even severe mental impairments. Back in 2009, a blogger operating under the name “One…

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Proof in Numbers: More Registrars Step Up to Illegal Online Pharmacies

In 2016, LegitScript worked together with registrars to successfully suspend more than 20,000 domain names used by rogue internet pharmacies. In the first quarter of 2017 alone, 6,000 more domains have been suspended. Operators of rogue internet pharmacies are starting to feel the burn. Now that Nanjing Imperiosus Technology Co. Ltd. (China) is out of…

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Connecting Recent Criminal Charges to PharmacyChecker-Approved Internet Pharmacies

I recently published a blog about the criminal charges and an apparent forfeiture action against internet pharmacy operators Billy Lee, Tarn Uppal, and Tony Lee, who operate or operated internet pharmacies approved by PharmacyChecker or the Canadian International Pharmacy Association (CIPA). The court filings relate to the defendants’ alleged sale of misbranded prescription drugs and…

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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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US Registrar Epik Plays Dangerous Game

These days it’s uncommon to encounter a registrar that doesn’t demonstrate the same internet safety and public health values as the majority of the internet community. But once in a while, we come across a registrar that chooses to enable rogue internet pharmacies by allowing them to continue using their domain name services, despite reported…

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Yet ANOTHER CIPA- and PharmacyChecker-certified internet pharmacy criminally charged for selling bad, non-Canadian medicines

Yet another supposedly “Canadian” internet pharmacy certified by PharmacyChecker and the “Canadian” International Pharmacy Association (CIPA) has been criminally charged with conspiracy to sell unapproved, misbranded drugs and money laundering. According to the DOJ’s press release, the drugs were not really from Canada. This morning, the US Department of Justice announced criminal charges (see the…

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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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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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