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Redesigned NABP Website to Launch This Week

NABP is pleased to announce that the Association will be launching a redesigned website, featuring improved navigation and a cleaner look and feel, on September 29. With visual cues and concise content, the newly designed site will make it easier for users to quickly locate pertinent information. At the time of the launch, NABP will begin using the .pharmacy domain for its website and emails.

The NABP website address will change to www.nabp.pharmacy and all of NABP’s emails will end in @nabp.pharmacy. All forms and documents on the new website will be updated with the new email addresses; however, emails sent to the .net email extension will be forwarded for at least six months to ensure that there is no lapse in communication between NABP and its members, customers, or other key stakeholders.

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Buying Medicine Online

The majority of websites selling medications are not what they appear to be. NABP has reviewed over 11,000 online drug outlets and found that 96% percent appear to be operating in conflict with pharmacy laws and practice standards. What does this mean? If you buy from one of these sites, you might:

  • Receive pills that contain such fillers as drywall and rat poison
  • Have your financial and other personal information stolen
  • Have your email inbox flooded with spam that could infect your home computer with viruses

In the worst cases, people have died from receiving counterfeit medications that didn’t treat their serious medical conditions.

Knowing which websites are safe and which ones are not can be confusing. To help you make an informed choice, and as part of its mission to protect the public health, NABP has worked with its member boards of pharmacy to launch several programs to help protect you and your loved ones from the risks that rogue websites pose.

Launched in late 2014, the .pharmacy Top-Level Domain (TLD) program provides an easy way for consumers to identify safe and legal online pharmacies and for the operators of those websites to stand out from the rogue crowd. If a website has “.pharmacy” at the end of its web address, you can rest assured that online pharmacy is operating legally. 

The AWARXE Prescription Drug Safety program seeks to educate the public about proper medication use, safely buying medicine online, and proper medication disposal. Among a variety of resources, the site describes the traits of rogue websites and a list of Not Recommended Sites.

If you see an online pharmacy that displays the VIPPS (Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites) or Vet-VIPPS (Veterinary-Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites) Seals, you know that it has successfully undergone NABP’s rigorous screening process, which includes a thorough review of all policies and procedures as well as on-site inspections of facilities used by the site to receive, review, and dispense medicine. 

If you still have questions about the legitimacy of a particular Internet drug outlet, contact your state board of pharmacy and the state board of pharmacy for the state in which the Internet drug outlet is located.