New Internet Pharmacy Verification Program to Reduce Consumer Fraud, Prescription Drug Diversion empowers consumers to report suspicious Internet

pharmacies, verify online pharmacy legitimacy

May 22, 2008, 01:00 ET from LegitScript LLC

    ARLINGTON, Va., May 22 /PRNewswire/ -- LegitScript LLC announced today
 the launch of a new comprehensive Internet pharmacy verification and
 information service at 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)
 (, which represents all State Boards of Pharmacy in the
 United States, recognizes LegitScript's Internet pharmacy verification
 standards.'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
 (, 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

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