LegitScript Releases Complimentary Internet Pharmacy Guide for Registrars and Registries

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Document consolidates key laws and regulations, what's legal and illegal for online drug sales

Compliance firm LegitScript, which monitors the Internet-based sale of healthcare products for safety and legality, announced today the release of a complimentary Internet pharmacy guide for domain name registrars and registries. The document consolidates laws and regulations pertaining to online prescription drug sales in key countries around the world and recommends “best practices” for registrars and registries in responding to abuse complaints about domain names used for illegal prescription drug sales.

So-called “rogue” Internet pharmacies are an area of international law enforcement focus, with an estimated 97% of Internet pharmacies operating illegally, according to the US-based National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.

LegitScript’s Internet pharmacy classification scheme, which designates Internet pharmacies as legitimate or “rogue,” is recognized by the US National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. The company works with regulators in multiple countries including the US, Japan and Italy, and assists search engines, banks, credit card networks, registrars and other platforms with healthcare merchant compliance and online safety initiatives.

The company says that in working with domain name registrars and registries, it has shuttered over 60,000 unsafe Internet pharmacies since 2008.

“Rogue Internet pharmacies are one of the largest, if not the largest, subjects of abuse notifications to registrars,” said John Horton, LegitScript President. “There have been multiple incidents of deaths and illnesses over the last several years related to these unsafe websites. We want to make it as easy as possible for registrars to address these complaints, and part of that is helping to consolidate, summarize and explain the various laws and regulations.”

The policy guide is available at legitscript.com/registrars/guide/.

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