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CBD Is a Novel Food, but What Does That Mean and Why Does It Matter?

“Novel food” is a classification for food or food ingredients in the European Union (EU). The import and sale of novel foods are regulated in the EU, and noncompliance can result in enforcement by EU Member States or the United Kingdom (UK). Online merchants selling food products or dietary supplements often ship worldwide, including the…

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LegitScript Discounts Telemedicine Certification to Help Providers Meet Surge in Demand

As the pandemic continues to limit access to in-person healthcare services, telemedicine providers play an increasingly important role in providing services such as prescriptions and medical consultations. In response to this surge in demand, LegitScript is currently discounting application fees and first year annual monitoring fees for eligible telemedicine providers who apply for LegitScript certification…

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LegitScript’s First Probationary-certified Company Earns Full Certification

We’re pleased to announce that Chemist-4-U, LegitScript’s first probationary-certified company, has now earned full certification. The change in status occurred early in the new year and is a reflection of about two years in which the online pharmacy has remained in compliance with LegitScript’s certification standards. In August 2016, we released a blog post and…

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LegitScript Study Shows Widespread Problems and Potential Dangers in Online CBD Market

Over the past six months, LegitScript’s analysts and policy experts have been conducting a research project to better understand the online CBD landscape. We’ve looked at the state of compliance, the safety and accuracy of products, and issues around payment processing. What we found in this landmark report is nothing short of disturbing for both…

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What the Recent NSDUH Report Says About Opioid Abuse in the US

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recently released its annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), which is one of the most comprehensive surveys in the US on the issues of substance abuse and mental health. For this 2017 report, nearly 70,000 people representative of the general US population were surveyed…

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LegitScript Updates its Standards to Addiction Treatment Certification for Better Vetting

As our analysts and policy experts continue to work through applications for a diversity of addiction treatment facilities, we’ve become increasingly attuned to the types of behaviors and relationships that can be problematic in the addiction treatment industry. As we originally stated when we first announced the program in April, we’ll always be looking for…

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LegitScript Addiction Treatment Certification Expands to Include Facebook

I’m pleased to share the news that, starting today, Facebook will require LegitScript certification for providers of drug and alcohol addiction treatment who want to advertise in the United States. This partnership follows the official rollout of our program, which began at the end of July after an initial pre-launch phase. Now both Google and…

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A Case Study of Probationary Certification: Chemist-4-U

Editor’s note: As of January 2020, Chemist-4-U has received full certification status.   Is redemption possible for rogue internet healthcare merchants? We’d like to think so. That’s why LegitScript introduced the probationary certification status late last year, and how the operators of the once-rogue UK website chemist-4-u.com came to be one of our first pharmacies…

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LegitScript Certification Now Recognized by Google

Google now accepts LegitScript’s Healthcare Merchant Certification for advertisers of pharmaceuticals and other healthcare-related products in the US and Canada. This means that healthcare merchants who are certified and monitored by LegitScript can advertise on Google AdWords, Shopping, and DoubleClick Bid Manager (DBM) without ads being paused or suspended for not complying with this new…

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LegitScript Seeking Comments on Proposed Standards for Internet Prescription Eyeglass Websites

LegitScript is pleased to announce that we will be launching a certification program for Internet-based sellers of prescription eyewear. In preparation for that, we are seeking input and comment regarding our certification standards. As background, most people know that “LegitScript Approved” is our mark for legitimate Internet pharmacies, not just in the US but —…

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