.PHARMACY and NABP
NABP, with the support of a global coalition of stakeholders, applied to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in June 2012 to own and operate the new .PHARMACY generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD), and the application has passed ICANN’s initial evaluations. NABP announced its plan for the .PHARMACY gTLD in June 2012, and shared news about ICANN’s initial evaluation results in May 2013.
Today, the vast majority of Web sites selling prescription drugs online are doing so illegally – many of them selling unapproved, substandard, and counterfeit medicine. NABP has reviewed more than 10,000 Internet drug outlets selling prescription medications and found nearly 97% to be out of compliance with United States pharmacy laws and practice standards that protect the public health. Of these Web sites identified as Not Recommended, nearly half offer foreign or non-Food and Drug Administration-approved drugs, and many distribute dangerous counterfeits to unsuspecting consumers.
NABP will establish the .PHARMACY space as a secure and trustworthy destination where consumers around the globe can be sure the medications they buy online are authentic and safe. NABP will ensure that all registrants within the .PHARMACY gTLD are vetted prior to registration to confirm that they meet all applicable regulatory standards, including pharmacy licensure, drug authenticity, and valid prescription requirements, in the jurisdictions where they are based and where they serve patients.
.PHARMACY and the Global Pharmacy Community
NABP applied for .PHARMACY as a community-based gTLD representing legitimate online pharmacies and prescription drug-related organizations worldwide. This global pharmacy community includes, but is not limited to:
- Independent community pharmacies
- Chain pharmacies and any retailers offering pharmacy services
- Internet pharmacies
- Pharmacy benefit management companies
- Veterinary pharmacies
- Schools and colleges of pharmacy and continuing professional education providers
- Wholesale drug distributors
- Pharmaceutical manufacturers
- Durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies providers
- Prescription drug-related patient advocacy and consumer education groups
- Prescription drug information and pharmacy referral sites
- Medical professionals advertising services related to a prescription drug
.PHARMACY Application News and Process Information
Establishing the .PHARMACY gTLD began in early 2012 with NABP's application to ICANN. Learn more about each step of the process below.
>>Outreach: As it awaits ICANN's initial evaluation decision, NABP develops strategies (PDF) for educating the pharmacy community and consumers about the initiative.
>>Development: The first .PHARMACY gTLD advisory committee meeting is held in February 2013 (PDF). The group discusses potential governance models and program standards, which are described in the committee's report (PDF) and governance document (PDF).
>>Approval: NABP's .PHARMACY proposal passes initial ICANN evaluation. NABP is now working to operationalize the .PHARMACY registry.