How Lock-and-Suspend Shuts Down Illegal Online Pharmacies and Protects Patients 

Posted by in Consumer Protection, Technology and Data Security

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At any given time, between 30,000 and 40,000 illegal online pharmacies hawk substandard prescription drugs to unsuspecting patients. Law enforcement and government agencies have a steep hill to climb in stopping them, but “lock-and-suspend” shows promise. Our newest Rogue Rx Activity Report explores how locking and suspending the domain names of these sites directly impacts […]

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Why Pharmacy Law Knowledge is Essential to Patient Safety

Posted by in Consumer Protection, Pharmacy Education and Examinations

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Of the examinations that NABP offers to gauge candidates’ readiness for pharmacy practice, the MPJE is the only one that assesses knowledge of state and federal laws and the ability to apply that knowledge in practice. We’ve heard of a misperception that a number of states are considering eliminating or have eliminated jurisprudence examinations for […]

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New Bill for Online Platform Accountability Looks Beyond Section 230

Posted by in Consumer Protection, Technology and Data Security

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As has been reported extensively over the past year, social media companies have come under scrutiny both at the national and international levels for not doing enough to prevent their platforms from being used to facilitate illegal drug sales. Despite reports that many popular platforms have stepped up efforts to police content – both TikTok […]

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Regulatory Agencies Worldwide Are Partnering to Combat Illegal Online Pharmacies

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At the end of July, INTERPOL announced the execution of Operation Pangea XV, an annual week of coordinated law enforcement action to combat the illegal sale of medicines and medical products online. From June 23 to June 30, 2022, 94 member countries spanning every continent issued over 200 search warrants and opened over 600 investigations. […]

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Update on DRUGS Act: Bipartisan Bill Seeks to Shut Down Illegal Online Pharmacies

Posted by in Consumer Protection, Technology and Data Security, State and Federal Regulatory Issues

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For over two decades, NABP has raised concerns over the vast number of illegal online pharmacies that put Americans’ health at risk by selling medications without a prescription, operating without a license, and peddling substandard, falsified, or counterfeit prescription drugs, including illicit opioids, to patients. Government agencies, including Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), […]

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Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill Seeks to Address Illegal Drug Sales on the Dark Web

Posted by in Consumer Protection, State and Federal Regulatory Issues

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Congress has long had an interest in stemming the online sale of illegal opioids but investigating and identifying criminals who traffic these drugs on the dark web is incredibly challenging for law enforcement agencies. Enter the Dark Web Interdiction Act of 2022 (HR 7300, S 3782), a new bipartisan bill that seeks to improve the […]

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Online Abuse, By Any Name, Endangers Public Safety

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There is little argument among internet policy stakeholders that criminals do bad things on the internet. But that’s where the unity ends. Bickering continues over which of those bad things should be acknowledged as Domain Name System (DNS) abuse and, thus, who should be responsible for mitigating them (or not). For our part, call it […]

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A Decade Later, NABP PMP InterConnect is Still a Vital Tool for Prescribers

Posted by in Consumer Protection, Pharmacies and Pharmacists

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This year, we celebrate 10 years of NABP PMP InterConnect and are proud that the system now hosts 1 million users across 52 states and jurisdictions. It processes more than 1 billion patient encounters annually, saving providers 2 to 5 minutes per patient encounter.  The service links state prescription monitoring programs (PMPs), allowing physicians, pharmacists, and other authorized users to check patients prescription drug […]

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