ARLINGTON, Va., May 22 /PRNewswire/ -- LegitScript LLC announced today
the launch of a new comprehensive Internet pharmacy verification and
information service at LegitScript.com. The service, which is free to
consumers and pharmacies, includes a search engine that allows users to
determine whether an online pharmacy meets standards of quality and safe
business practices. LegitScript approval will help United States residents
ensure that pharmaceuticals purchased online are authentic and distributed
in accordance with relevant laws and safety regulations.
The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy(R)
(http://www.nabp.net), which represents all State Boards of Pharmacy in the
United States, recognizes LegitScript's Internet pharmacy verification
LegitScript.com's search engine currently contains some information
about 500 Internet pharmacies. Of those, 325 are identified as not meeting
LegitScript Internet pharmacy verification standards, fifteen are approved,
and the rest are under review.
"Rogue online pharmacies are a major source of illicit prescription
drugs, but there are also numerous online pharmacies that are legal and
safe," said John Horton, LegitScript founder and President. "Our goal is to
help Americans tell the difference."
Calvina Fay, Executive Director of the Drug Free America Foundation
(http://www.dfaf.org), said, "Prescription drug abuse is a serious and
emerging drug threat, especially to our nation's youth. Internet pharmacy
verification is an important step in making the Internet a safer
environment for our children."
Horton said that online pharmacy verification is free for pharmacies
that comply with the company's standards. "We will not approve online
pharmacies that hire doctors to write prescriptions without ever meeting
the patient face-to-face -- a disturbing and potentially dangerous
practice," said Horton. Canadian, other foreign, and
"no-prescription-required" Internet pharmacies are likewise ineligible.
Horton urged consumers to use LegitScript's interactive feature for
reporting "rogue" online pharmacies that target children, engage in fraud
or send out "spam" email.
Later this year, the Web site will add a prescription drug price
comparison tool, and information about insurance and health plans accepted
by approved Internet pharmacies.
According to government statistics, prescription drug abuse is now the
nation's second-most serious drug problem, ahead of cocaine, heroin and
methamphetamine, and behind only marijuana in the sheer number of abusers.
For more information, contact LegitScript at (202) 215 5289, or
SOURCE LegitScript LLC