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How to Spot a Fake Online Pharmacy

20 Jan: Here’s How to Spot a Fake Online Pharmacy

If you are looking to the Internet for medication that you can afford and that is safe, you would probably like the security of knowing that you are looking at legitimate websites. For this reason, it can be extremely disturbing to know that there are fake online pharmacies out there. These websites are very dangerous, as they can compromise your health by sending medication that is substandard or counterfeit. Additionally, they can steal your identity. There are certain things you can do, however, to avoid these scamming fake online pharmacies. FDA Shutdown of Fake Online Pharmacies Back in June of 2013 the FDA’s International Operation Pangea VI shut down thousands of illegal online pharmacies, some of these being fake Canadian online pharmacies. These…

14 Mar: Do You Need a Prescription for Online Canadian Pharmacies?

As the cost of prescription medication continues to rise in the United States, individuals and families on a tight budget are looking for other options. Many turn to Canadian pharmacies for their lower price tag and relaxed rules. However, before you can obtain your medication you must ask yourself, “Do you need a prescription for online Canadian pharmacies?” Do you need a prescription for online Canadian pharmacies? Individuals wondering do you need a prescription for online Canadian pharmacies are under a common misconception that they can legally order any drug online from Canadian pharmacies without a valid doctor’s prescription. This, however, is not true and any legitimate pharmacy must have a valid prescription before filling the prescription. However, legitimate Canadian…

02 Jun: Online pharmacy no prescription Doc busted for signing up to 100,000 illegal online prescriptions

A Richmond, Virginia, doctor named Torino Jennings is accused of signing up to 100,000 illegal prescriptions for the muscle relaxant Soma, as well as other drugs, over the past five years. The prescriptions are illegal because he issued them on behalf of an online pharmacy no prescription, without first examining the patients in person. Many rogue online pharmacies aren’t technically “no prescription” pharmacies. They have physicians, like Jennings, who write prescriptions for patients based on what are called “remote consultations”. While the standards of remote-consultation pharmacies are generally higher than those of pharmacies that require no prescription, they do not meet the safety standards that you deserve and should demand as a patient. Sometime back, the Washington Post ran a…

27 Apr: What’s safer — online pharmacies or Wal-Mart?

As readers of this blog know, we sometimes grow weary of defending legitimate online and mail-order pharmacies against those uninformed (and/or Big Pharma-funded) voices who enjoying tarring all online pharmacies with the same broad brush. Yes, we know there is a big problem with rogue online pharmacies. That’s why we created eDrugSearch.com — to create a place you could come to buy medications from pharmacies that are all properly licensed by the Canadian government. Did you know that, for all the hyperventilating about the safety of online pharmacies, there is not a single reported case of an American citizen receiving adulterated, impure or improper medications from a licensed Canadian pharmacy? It’s true — not one. Wal-Mart’s track record isn’t as…

23 Dec: Internet pharmacy spammers wish you a Merry Christmas

Got this one in the inbox today. It just screams credibility, doesn’t it? I’m sure we don’t need to remind our readers of this, but just in case a new visitor doesn’t already know this: NEVER RESPOND TO A SPAM SOLICATION OF ANY KIND OVER THE INTERNET — ESPECIALLY FROM AN ONLINE PHARMACY! You’re putting both your money and health at risk if you do. Happy holidays, everyone.

11 Nov: The eDrugSearch Blog is two years old!

We’ve been working so hard and running so fast at eDrugSearch.com that I failed to notice when we dashed right past a major milestone last week. On November 6, the eDrugSearch Blog reached its second anniversary. It’s been an incredibly rewarding experience for us; we’ve met a lot of great people and made a lot of good friends. We hope along the way that we’ve shed an informative light on the world of online pharmacies — helping you to distinguish good pharmacies from bad ones so you won’t be scammed (or worse) by a rogue operation. We also hope we’ve helped you to understand the political backdrop behind some of the confusing and contradictory behaviors of the U.S. government when…

30 Sep: Update on the Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection

Alex Sicre, who I follow on Twitter, sent me a note to remind me that H.R. 6353 had passed in the House of Representatives last week. It was received in the Senate last Thursday and is expected to pass there as well. In the face of Congress’ apparent bumbling of the $700 billion financial bailout package, I’m glad to know that something useful can still emerge from the lawmaking process. H.R. 6353 is named for Ryan Haight (pictured), who died of an overdose of Vicodin after ordering the pills over the Internet without a prescription. (You can read more about Ryan here.) You can read the full text of the legislation here; here’s a summary of its provisions: Amends the…

09 Sep: How CanadaDrugs.com dispenses prescription drugs

When you’re on the right side of an argument, people with a vested interest in defeating you will try almost anything to win. So it is with the big-money opponents of Canadian drug reimportation, who have been pulling out all the stops to convince Americans that buying medications from properly licensed Canadian pharmacies is unsafe. The No.1 tactic that Big Pharma-backed groups are currently using is to employ clever rhetoric to lump licensed Canadian pharmacies in with dangerous rogue pharmacies — criminal organizations that operate in the shadows. We’ve obviously written on this topic before, but over the weekend it hit close to home — as John Horton, former Bush White House aide and founder of a Web site called…

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05 Sep: Are All Canadian Pharmacies “Rogue” Online Pharmacies? LegitScript Thinks So.

While reading Benjamin Gluck’s Internet Pharmacy Law blog, I came across a reference to an “Internet pharmacy verification and information service” I hadn’t yet heard of: LegitScript. I like the professed mission of LegitScript: to improve online pharmacy safety by offering a database that allows consumers to enter a pharmacy’s name and find out whether it’s legitimate or not. LegitScript apparently intends to make money by providing a verification seal to online pharmacies that meet its standards. I say “apparently” because LegitScript verification is currently provided free of charge. All of which sounds fine — until you look a little closer. You see, LegitScript claims ALL Canadian pharmacies are unsafe. Even the most established, reputable pharmacies — licensed and inspected…

27 Aug: Forbes throws out the baby with the bath water

The first six words of Andy Greenberg’s Tuesday story in Forbes are about all I needed to read: “In the shady world of online pharmacies…” Oh boy — here we go again. Hey, I know there are a lot of rogue pharmacies out there. That’s why I started eDrugSearch.com — to help people avoid rogue online pharmacies. But there are licensed, legitimate online pharmacies out there, too — and it’s not fair to consumers to scare them away from the Internet as an avenue for purchasing prescription drugs. If you know what you’re doing, it’s relatively easy to be safe when you buy prescription drugs online. Here are two ways: 1. Use eDrugSearch.com, which only permits prescreened, licensed online and…

20 Aug: Survey: Teens who abuse prescription drugs don’t buy them online

The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA), last week issued a fascinating survey of teens. Two results stood out to me: 1. Teens (aged 12 to 17) indicated, for the first time, that it is easier to acquire “prescription drugs such as OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin or Ritalin, without a prescription” than it is to buy beer. 2. While Internet pharmacies have been widely blamed for the increase in prescription drug abuse, few of the teens surveyed say that the drug abusers acquire their drugs from online pharmacies. That’s right. Here’s what CASA’s press release says: When teens who know prescription drug abusers were asked where those kids get their drugs: 31 percent said from friends…

23 Jul: Florida Times-Union credits eDrugSearch.com in editorial

The Florida Times-Union, the newspaper of Jacksonville, FL, published an editorial today headlined, “Internet Pharmacies: A prescription for death.” We’re not crazy about that headline, as you might imagine. We’ve worked very hard to get the news media to distinguish legitimate, licensed Canadian pharmacies from dangerous, rogue online pharmacies in their coverage. But you know how it is. In any case, we were pleased that the Times-Union’s editorial used one of our blog posts to illustrate the seriousness of the problem of prescription drug abuse. The relevant excerpt: Most people know that Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe both died from an overdose of prescription drugs. Judy Garland also succumbed to a prescription drug overdose – as did Howard Hughes and…

15 Jul: 85 percent of online pharmacies do not require a prescription

A new report by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA) underscores the results of other recent online pharmacy studies — showing that’s it’s too easy to buy prescription drugs, including controlled substances, without a prescription online. Only 15 percent of 365 sites examined in the study required a prescription. According to Reuters, CASA recommends that the United States negotiate treaties with other governments to shut down illegal Internet trafficking of prescription drugs. In April, the U.S. Senate passed a bill that included tougher regulation for online pharmacies — but the legislation is still awaiting action in the House. You can download the CASA report here. And if you’re looking for a legitimate, online and…

29 Jun: Woman arrested for filling 200 fake prescriptions

  With all the talk of the dangers of online and mail-order pharmacies in the media these days, it’s important to remind ourselves that when people are determined to do the wrong thing, they’ll do it with or without the Internet’s help. I came across a great example of this in the news the other day, where in Prichard, Alabama, police arrested a man and woman for running a drug ring selling prescription drugs illegally. How did the woman — Angela Hurst, 28 — build her supply? By ordering them from a rogue pharmacy online? Nope. Here’s the story (italics mine): Narcotics officers say Hurst called in at least 200 hundred fake prescriptions to area drug stores. Hurst was allowed…

26 Jun: Go Daddy appeals to Congress again — this time with its clothes on

The last time we heard about the Web host Go Daddy going before Congress, it was the fictional Nikki Cappelli (model Candice Michelle) in one of Go Daddy’s infamous Super Bowl commercials. In the ad, Cappelli’s tank top strap breaks as she appears before a committee discussing censorship. Well now, Go Daddy has headed to Washington for real — and for a good cause. As Web Host Industry Review reports: Go Daddy is urging the US Congress to accept legislation to stop online pharmacies from selling controlled drugs without a valid prescription … Having considerable clout as the world’s largest registrar, Go Daddy sent general counsel Christine Jones to Washington, D.C. where she testified to Members of the House Judiciary…

18 Jun: Are illegal online prescription drug sales financing computer network?

Much of the spam in your e-mail inbox, and as much as 10 percent of malware on Microsoft Windows computers, is generated by the “Storm botnet,” a remotely controlled network of zombie computers running on as many as 50 million computer systems worldwide. The Storm botnet was only identified early last year, and the FBI has had little luck so far in tracking its origins or creators. But we’ve apparently learned one thing: Prescription drug spammers are bankrolling the Storm botnet’s growth. According to Tim Wilson at Dark Reading, reporting on a study by IronPort, Cisco’s e-mail security unit: More than 80 percent of Storm botnet spam advertises online pharmacy brands. This spam is sent by millions of consumers’ PCs,…

18 Jun: Over 11,000 “Canadian pharmacies” on the Internet are fake

Here’s a scary statistic: Only a few hundred of the more than 11,000 Internet pharmacies advertising themselves as Canadian pharmacies are actually licensed by government authorities in Canada. The rest are frauds — often not located in Canada or licensed by any government entity. Making matters worse, many of these fake pharmacies claim to be licensed — even cutting and pasting the seals from government agencies and accrediting organizations on their sites. You can be assured that the Canadian pharmacies in our drug search engine are properly licensed and accredited. Our members also rate and review the pharmacies based on their experiences. So don’t take any chances when you buy drugs online from Canada. Use eDrugSearch.com.

08 Jun: Avoid fake meds; shop at licensed pharmacies

Here’s a disturbing news report on the growing problem of counterfeit prescription medications, often sold through organized crime syndicates in Third World countries: How do you protect yourself against fake meds when you buy drugs online? Make sure the pharmacy you choose is properly licensed and accredited, like the Canadian pharmacies in the eDrugSearch.com system. All pharmacies in our database must pass a 10-point test to become part of our system. If you choose to work with a pharmacy outside our system, please make sure to follow these safety tips.

22 May: Don’t blame the Internet for prescription drug abuse

Yeah, I know; I’ve written about this topic before — more than a few times. But I feel compelled to do so again. Frankly, I’m mad as heck and I can’t take it any more. Just as there have been past hysterias blaming the Internet for sexual predators, pornography, political polarization, celebrity obsession, obesity (go outside and play!) and every other social malady facing our nation, now it seems the media is whipping itself into a frenzy over the dangers of Internet pharmacies for prescription drug abuse. The latest blog post I flagged on this topic, “Internet Pharmacy Websites the New Drug Dealers,” referenced a sad tale on CNN.com headlined, “My husband died from online drugs.” Don’t get me wrong….