Saturday, February 16, 2013

Do you order medications online ? Things you need to know

 Do you order medications online ?
       Things you need to know

             *   counterfeit prescription medications is a 75 billion doller a year business  that is attractive to
                  criminals

              *  FDA test results of prescription Drugs, Viagra , Lopitor and Ambien, from a
                  bogus Canadian website show all products were fake and substandard
                   FDA news release po4-65 july 13, 200

                         http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm170594.htm

              VIPPS
                *  The National Board of Pharmacy(NABP) has established a program called VIPPS
                    designed to certify web sites that meet industry standards.
                    Click on consumer on the website below for more information
                   www.nabp.net  the site needs a little update . Go to the consumer section and look under
                    programs . Also copy and paste the address below for more information on Rogue web 
                    sites .
                   http://www.nabp.net/programs/accreditation/vipps/  
             
                *Look for the VIPPS logo on website or go to  www.nabp.net to search for a pharmacy that
                   meets your needs
             
                 
                * Please watch the attached video . It has 4 segments explaining the problem. The last is 
                   on  " How to order medications on line".



'60 Minutes' Segment Features VIPPS

Concerned about safely ordering medication online? 60 Minutes' segment on how to order medication safely offers help. VIEW THE VIDEO







Have fun , be Smart and be careful using medications ordered online
David Calder,MD

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More about VIPPS
Welcome to the VIPPS information and verification site of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.
The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) was established in 1904 to assist state licensing boards in developing, implementing, and enforcing uniform standards to protect the Public Health. NABP’s member boards of pharmacy are grouped into eight districts that include all 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, eight Canadian provinces, and New Zealand.
In response to public concern of the safety of pharmacy practices on the Internet, the association developed the Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites (VIPPS) program in the spring of 1999. A coalition of state and federal regulatory associations, professional associations, and consumer advocacy groups provided their expertise in developing the criteria which VIPPS accredited Pharmacies follow.
To be VIPPS accredited, a pharmacy must comply with the licensing and inspection requirements of their state and each state to which they dispense pharmaceuticals. In addition, pharmacies displaying the VIPPS seal have demonstrated to NABP compliance with VIPPS criteria including patient rights to privacy, authentication and security of prescription orders, adherence to a recognized quality assurance policy, and provision of meaningful consultation between patients and pharmacists.
VIPPS pharmacy sites are identified by the VIPPS hyperlink seal displayed on their Web site. By clicking on the seal, a visitor is linked to the NABP VIPPS site where verified information about the pharmacy is maintained by NABP. The public is also welcome to access the VIPPS site at www.nabp.net to search for a VIPPS Internet pharmacy, which matches their needs.
We at NABP hope you find the information helpful and invite your comments to continuously improve our service to you.
To verify a specific website, please enter the site's URL (e.g. www.vipps-pharmacy.com) at the bottom of this page and click the verify button.
Disclaimer

                

                  http://www.nabp.net/programs/accreditation/vipps/
       









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