What Makes an Internet Pharmacy “Rogue”?

Rogue internet pharmacies are typically engaged in at least one of three types of illegal activity, and usually all three:


  1. Failure to require a valid prescription for prescription drugs.
  2. The sale of unapproved drugs, including counterfeit, expired, misbranded, or falsified drugs.
  3. The dispensing of prescription drugs without a valid pharmacy license in the relevant jurisdiction.

Other types of rogue activity include stealing customer credit card information or other financial or personal health data.

At LegitScript, we don’t designate every illegal internet pharmacy as rogue. Some are merely “unapproved” –– a less serious classification that nevertheless denotes a lack of compliance with LegitScript standards and applicable law. We only report such unapproved pharmacies if specifically requested by a registrar. More information can be found in our healthcare merchant certification standards.