Free Online Education Program Key Asset in Fight Against Illegal Online Drug Sales

January 30, 2015

The Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP) and the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) recently announced the availability of a free online continuing education program (CME/CPE) for pharmacists and physicians focused on the growing problem of illegal online drug sales. Recent studies found that nearly 97% of online drug sellers are operating illegally, and 1 in 2 websites selling medicine online peddle counterfeit drugs.

PRESS RELEASE

The Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP) and the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) recently announced the availability of a free online continuing education program (CME/CPE) for pharmacists and physicians focused on the growing problem of illegal online drug sales. Recent studies found that nearly 97% of online drug sellers are operating illegally, and 1 in 2 websites selling medicine online peddle counterfeit drugs.

Consumers, lured by the cheap drugs promised on the sites, may end up paying a higher price than anticipated, as medications may be counterfeit, ineffective, or adulterated with other ingredients, including potentially toxic chemicals. The problem is significant, with an estimated one in six Americans purchasing drugs online without a valid prescription at some point. These transactions may also threaten consumers’ financial health, as consumers provide illegal online sellers credit card information, home addresses, and other personal data, putting themselves at risk for identity theft.

Experts agree that education is the key to combating the problem effectively. As trusted health care providers, pharmacists and physicians play a key role in educating consumers regarding the risks associated with purchasing medications online from an unverified source. This free CME/CPE offers providers the information necessary to protect patients from illegal online drug sales.

“Doctors and pharmacists are the front line of defense for patient safety. ASOP is pleased to provide these tools so patients are less likely to be victimized online,” said Libby Baney, Executive Director, ASOP.

ASOP strongly encourages pharmacists, physicians, and others to take advantage of these important resources. As always, we will continue to update members about developments related to illegal online drug sales.