Rogue Internet Pharmacies on the Run: LegitScript Shuts Down 500 No-Prescription-Required Online Pharmacies
Websites fueling prescription drug abuse, selling non-FDA approved drugs taken offline
The sites had been selling prescription drugs or steroids without requiring a prescription, a practice that is illegal and considered unsafe by medical authorities. In most cases, the drugs were sold from outside of
"The Internet is a safer place today because these illicit prescription drug websites have been terminated," said
Among the domain name registrars to take the lead in shuttering the rogue Internet pharmacies was Directi.
Horton praised the domain name registrars that terminated the rogue Internet pharmacies. "Directi, in particular, has been a leader in fighting rogue Internet pharmacies, and has steadily demonstrated its commitment to Internet safety by refusing to sponsor websites engaged in spam, malware, the illicit sale of prescription or other drugs, or similar activities."
The takedown also won praise from Internet safety proponents and prescription drug abuse experts.
The websites were members of "online pharmacy affiliate programs" that allow people without any training as a pharmacist to operate their own online pharmacy and share in profits from the sale of prescription drugs without a valid prescription.
"Our family applauds the termination of these rogue online pharmacies," said
LegitScript is the largest online pharmacy verification service in