LegitScript Seeking Comments on New Program for Internet Eyeglass Sellers

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Certification Standards under Development for Websites Selling Prescription Eyewear

We think that eyewear patients deserve to know which Internet eyeglass sellers are legitimate and which ones are not.

LegitScript, LLC, operator of the world’s largest programs for Internet pharmacy certification, monitoring and compliance, and dietary supplement safety and classification, is establishing a new certification program for Internet sellers of prescription eyeglasses. The new program, tentatively called iCareRx, is intended to provide certification for eyeglasses prescription verification, transparency regarding the identity of the owner/operator of internet websites, and customer/patient privacy protection.

“Your vision is important to us,” said John Horton, President of LegitScript. “As in any industry, there are sellers who are safe, legitimate and comply with applicable regulations designed to protect patients — and those who unfortunately skirt the rules, which can lead to customers receiving a substandard product or putting their health at risk. We think that eyewear patients deserve to know which are which.”

The iCareRx eyeglass program is modeled after the Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites program conducted by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) that provides for voluntary certification of online pharmacies. As the only company endorsed by NABP, LegitScript is well-acquainted with certification programs for Internet pharmacies and is also engaged in product classification and monitoring of websites selling dietary supplements, bodybuilding supplements, and other drugs.

“We are working to finalize standards that will be applied to every applicant to the iCareRx certification program, but we need feedback from stakeholders, especially those with a domestic perspective as we’ll first be focused on the US market — that is, any website or Internet merchant offering prescription eyewear to US residents,” commented Horton.

Interested parties are invited to comment on the standards that should be used to certify legitimate Internet sellers of prescription eyeglasses. The draft standards are posted online at http://blog.legitscript.com/2014/11/legitscript-seeking-comments-proposed-standards-internet-prescription-eyeglass-websites/. Comments may be sent to comments(at)legitscript(dot)com through December.

About LegitScript —

With offices in Portland, Oregon and Dublin, Ireland, LegitScript is the world’s leading source of information and enforcement on Internet pharmacies and online sales of health products. LegitScript’s services are used by leading companies such as Google, Bing, Twitter and Visa to keep their paid platforms free from illegal Internet sales of healthcare products, and by multiple drug safety regulators globally to assist in Internet threat-based analysis.

For more information, contact LegitScript staff at comments(at)legitscript(dot)com.

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