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Education and Collaboration Key to Continued Progress in Fighting Rogue Online Prescription Drug Sellers, Reports NABP
Date:1/25/2013

MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill., Jan. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) today issued a report outlining how continued collaboration among global stakeholders is vital to eliminating the public health threats posed by rogue Internet drug outlets. The Internet Drug Outlet Identification Program Progress Report for State and Federal Regulators: January 2013, details the Association's five-year progress in providing data on illegal online drug sellers to public agencies and private entities in support of policy efforts to shut down these rogue sites.

NABP continues to review and monitor Web sites selling prescription drugs and its findings are also presented in the report released today – of more than 10,000 Web sites analyzed, nearly 97% operate out of compliance with pharmacy laws and practice standards established in the United States, and many other developed countries, to protect public health. Such sites provide an outlet for counterfeit medicines to enter the US drug supply, endangering the health and safety of Americans.

The report provides an overview of the NABP Internet Drug Outlet Identification Program's research and education efforts over the past five years, including efforts to raise awareness about the increased likelihood that drug products purchased online are substandard or counterfeit, and to educate about the danger that Web sites illegally selling prescription drugs, including controlled substances, likely contribute to the prescription drug abuse epidemic in the US.

Significant collaborative and global efforts initiated over the past five years to protect patients from dangerous products distributed by illegal online sellers are also highlighted in the r
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