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NABP Maps Plans to Verify Internet Pharmacy Licenses

Magazine article Drug Topics

NABP Maps Plans to Verify Internet Pharmacy Licenses

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Concerned about the growing use of the Internet by scamsters anxious to peddle medications without a prescription, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy will develop a program to verify that on-line pharmacies are properly licensed. Plans for the the launching of NABP Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites (VIPPS) were unveiled last month at a meeting called by the Food & Drug Administration to examine issues raised by the proliferation of Internet operations purporting to be pharmacies.

VIPPS will verify licensure and inform the public of Internet pharmacies that are licensed in good standing with the appropriate state board of pharmacy or other regulatory agencies. NABP anticipates that VIPPS will be up and running by the end of the year. Internet pharmacy sites that want to receive NABP verification will have to complete an application form and provide appropriate information about their site and their services. The roster of verified sites will be posted for free access by the public on NABP's Web site at www.nabp.org.

Consumers who seek medications from doctors they've never consulted with before are putting their lives at risk, warned Michael Friedman, M. …

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