October 18, 2012
Report - Ninety seven percent of online pharmacies don't follow U.S. pharmacy laws
"Unfortunately but undeniably, prescription medication counterfeiting has taken hold in the global marketplace, threatening public health worldwide. The illicit trade is perpetuated through a labyrinth of international transactions by multiple parties at various points along the medication supply chain, often ending with the rogue Internet drug outlets that sell the fake drugs to unwary consumers. As a result of this tangled supply chain, accountability for the safety and efficacy of medicines purchased from unknown Web sites is, in many cases, virtually nil. When counterfeit medicines emerge, as they have repeatedly in the last year, it is difficult to trace their origin, the point in the supply chain at which they were introduced, who perpetuated the illegal transaction, and which parties knew about it and enabled it in any way. Because Internet commerce transcends geographical and jurisdictional borders, protecting the public health requires the coordinated efforts of multiple, international public and private entities to diminish the threat that counterfeiters and rogue sellers pose."