Why Not Recommended?

While NABP criteria for legitimately operating Internet pharmacies include compliance with all pharmacy laws and practice standards, only those considered “rogue” are listed as Not Recommended. A “rogue” Internet drug outlet is a website selling, offering to sell, or facilitating the sale of prescription drugs that intentionally or knowingly:

  • Violates, appears to violate, or encourages or facilitates violation of any federal or state law or regulation;
  • Does not adhere to accepted standards of pharmacy and/or medicine practice, including standards of safety.

    For example, an Internet drug outlet would be considered rogue if it engages in the following practices:
    • dispenses or offers to dispense prescription drugs without receipt of a valid prescription (ie, one issued pursuant to a legitimate patient-prescriber relationship that has included a face-to-face physical examination of the patient by the prescribing practitioner) issued by a person authorized to prescribe under state law and, as applicable, federal law;
    • distributes or offers to distribute prescriptions or prescription drugs solely on the basis of an online questionnaire or consultation without a pre-existing patient-prescriber relationship that has included a face-to-face physical examination, except as explicitly permitted under state laws or regulations; or
    • engages in fraudulent or deceptive practices in any jurisdiction where the website or the entity that controls the website dispenses or offers to dispense prescription drugs