NABP Announces Canadian VIPPS Program

Due to the tremendous success of the Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites (VIPPS®) program in the United States, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) and the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) have joined forces to launch a VIPPS program in Canada. Now Canadian residents will be able to recognize legitimately operating Internet pharmacies that have agreed to meet the stringent standards of the VIPPS Canada program.

To be eligible for VIPPS Canada certification, pharmacies must, among other requirements, comply with the laws of the jurisdictions where they operate. Canadian pharmacies that ship prescription medications into the United States, in violation of US law, are not eligible for Canadian or US VIPPS certification.

"For more than three years, NABP and the VIPPS program have been protecting public health in the US by providing a means for the public to identify legitimately operating online pharmacies that are prepared to meet the stringent demands of Internet pharmacy practice," explains NABP President John A. Fiacco. "NABP and NAPRA are excited to be able to provide that same level of security to Canadians making online prescription purchases." According to NAPRA Executive Director Barbara A. Wells, "NAPRA is thrilled to be teaming with NABP in the expansion of the VIPPS program in Canada."

In 1999, NABP developed the VIPPS program in response to public and regulatory agency concerns regarding the safety of Internet pharmacy practice. VIPPS is the only online pharmacy certification program that performs on-site inspections to verify compliance with its criteria.

Courtney Karzen