CIPA 'Safe List' Offers Peace of Mind to Prescription Drug Purchasers

CIPA launches Canadian Internet pharmacy 'Safe List' to ensure U.S. consumers

have access to affordable, legitimate prescription drugs



12 Oct, 2004, 01:00 ET from CIPA

    WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Seniors, the uninsured and
 other U.S. consumers can buy prescription drugs online without fear thanks to
 a new "Safe List" released by the Canadian International Pharmacy Association
 (CIPA). Until now, U.S. consumers had no central authority to confirm that an
 Internet pharmacy is legitimate.
     Available online at http://www.ciparx.ca/cipa_pharmacies.html , CIPA's
 "Safe List" serves as a central referral source. Patients can shop for
 medications with peace of mind because the list only links to licensed, CIPA-
 certified Canadian pharmacies.
     According to CIPA executive director David MacKay, "The FDA and big pharma
 have attempted to scare consumers by alleging that purchasing drugs online is
 a "buyers beware" experience - that safety can never be guaranteed, especially
 when ordering from Canada. In reality, however, there is little difference
 between a CIPA-certified pharmacy and your local pharmacy."
     CIPA verifies each member's provincial pharmacy license and ensures it
 complies with rigorous quality standards. For example, all drugs must be HPFB
 approved and carry a D.I.N. number to prove they're not shipped from another
 country. In addition, there are strict policies regarding patient disclosure
 about a drug's country of origin.
     CIPA created the "Safe List" because consumers needed a credible method to
 distinguish between legitimate and dubious online pharmacies. No U.S. agency,
 including the FDA, has accepted the challenge.
     "If the FDA will not guide its own citizens to credible, alternative
 sources, then we will do it for them. The time has come for patients to
 discover the truth - they can have affordable medications without sacrificing
 well-being," adds MacKay.
     Although CIPA pharmacies risk reprisal from pharmaceutical manufacturers,
 they believe that delivering patient benefit outweighs the potential risk.
     The Canadian International Pharmacy Association (CIPA) is a non-profit
 trade association created in 2002 to represent leading Canadian mail order
 pharmacies. It ensures members adhere to the highest standards of practice, as
 well as supports their growth and viability. Located in Winnipeg, Manitoba,
 Canada, CIPA conducts government and media relations for the online pharmacy
 industry and has testified in front of the U.S. Congress and HHS Task Force.
 CIPA is recognized as the Canadian mail order pharmacy trade authority.
     For more information, visit http://www.ciparx.ca and click "Our CIPA
 Pharmacies."
 
 

SOURCE CIPA
    WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Seniors, the uninsured and
 other U.S. consumers can buy prescription drugs online without fear thanks to
 a new "Safe List" released by the Canadian International Pharmacy Association
 (CIPA). Until now, U.S. consumers had no central authority to confirm that an
 Internet pharmacy is legitimate.
     Available online at http://www.ciparx.ca/cipa_pharmacies.html , CIPA's
 "Safe List" serves as a central referral source. Patients can shop for
 medications with peace of mind because the list only links to licensed, CIPA-
 certified Canadian pharmacies.
     According to CIPA executive director David MacKay, "The FDA and big pharma
 have attempted to scare consumers by alleging that purchasing drugs online is
 a "buyers beware" experience - that safety can never be guaranteed, especially
 when ordering from Canada. In reality, however, there is little difference
 between a CIPA-certified pharmacy and your local pharmacy."
     CIPA verifies each member's provincial pharmacy license and ensures it
 complies with rigorous quality standards. For example, all drugs must be HPFB
 approved and carry a D.I.N. number to prove they're not shipped from another
 country. In addition, there are strict policies regarding patient disclosure
 about a drug's country of origin.
     CIPA created the "Safe List" because consumers needed a credible method to
 distinguish between legitimate and dubious online pharmacies. No U.S. agency,
 including the FDA, has accepted the challenge.
     "If the FDA will not guide its own citizens to credible, alternative
 sources, then we will do it for them. The time has come for patients to
 discover the truth - they can have affordable medications without sacrificing
 well-being," adds MacKay.
     Although CIPA pharmacies risk reprisal from pharmaceutical manufacturers,
 they believe that delivering patient benefit outweighs the potential risk.
     The Canadian International Pharmacy Association (CIPA) is a non-profit
 trade association created in 2002 to represent leading Canadian mail order
 pharmacies. It ensures members adhere to the highest standards of practice, as
 well as supports their growth and viability. Located in Winnipeg, Manitoba,
 Canada, CIPA conducts government and media relations for the online pharmacy
 industry and has testified in front of the U.S. Congress and HHS Task Force.
 CIPA is recognized as the Canadian mail order pharmacy trade authority.
     For more information, visit http://www.ciparx.ca and click "Our CIPA
 Pharmacies."
 
 SOURCE  CIPA