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USP Joins in the Efforts to Stop Illegal Online Drug Sales


As part of a continuing mission to improve global health, the US Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) has joined with the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP) to combat the threat posed by the illegal online sale of medicines.

Libby Baney, executive director of ASOP, emphasized that effectively confronting illegal online drug sellers requires collaboration by diverse stakeholders to protect patients worldwide.

Baney noted that according to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, at any one time there are approximately 40,000-50,000 active online drug sellers; nearly 97% do not comply with applicable laws and pharmacy practice standards, putting patients at risk. Ronald T. Piervincenzi, chief executive officer of USP, added that studies by the World Health Organization indicate that half of the drugs sold on some Internet sites are counterfeit.

Source: US Pharmacopeial Convention

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